What Is Candida Albicans?

Candida albicans is an opportunistic pathogenic yeast that is present in the mouth and gastrointestinal tract of forty to sixty percent of healthy adults.

History of Candida Albicans

Did you know the history of the discovery of Candida extends from the ancient Greeks to modern day researchers? So we will not bore you with the entire history and give you the short version instead.

Back in 400 B.C, Hippocrates was the first to describe oral candidiasis in his book, “Of the Epidemics,” as “mouths affected with aphthous ulcerations”.

By the 15th century, we already knew about thrush — a condition in which yeast-like fungus overgrows in the mouth and throat of the patient.

Later on in the 17th century, famous scientists like J.H Bennett, Rosen Von Rosenstein, and Bernhard von Langenbeck, played a part in figuring out that thrush is caused by a fungus.

Now, all that was left to do was to figure out the identity of the fungus. Although Langenbeck was the first to document the fungus associated with thrush, he failed to make a direct connection.

The man who made a direct connection was Charles Philippe Robin, a French mycologist who classified the fungus as Oidium albicans using albicans (“to whiten”) to name the fungus causing thrush in 1847.

A few decades later, Christine Berkhout, a mycologist, described the genus Candida — which then led to scientists figuring out that Oidium albicans belonged to the group Candida and thus, they were renamed candida albicans.

Symptoms of Diseases Caused By Candida Albicans

Since candida albicans can cause infection in several parts of the body, the symptoms vary accordingly. For instance, the symptoms of a skin infection caused by candida albicans are:

  • Red and itchy skin
  • Fluid leaking out of the skin
  • Scabs and postulates around the rash

Whereas, a vaginal infection caused by candida albicans has the following symptoms:

  • Redness and swelling of the vulva
  • Itching and irritation in the vagina and vulva
  • A burning sensation, especially during intercourse or while urinating

As you can see, the symptoms vary completely depending on the infection we’re talking about.

How You Can Treat Candida Albicans

Since candida albicans are developing resistance to antibiotics, there’s no knowing whether the medicine that can treat it today will work tomorrow.

Currently, doctors typically prescribe over-the-counter (OTC), prescription antifungal creams and pills, or suppository to treat an infection caused by candida albicans.

All that being said, unless you’re already suffering from a disease caused by candida albicans, you shouldn’t be worrying about the treatment.

You should be worrying about how to prevent the disease.

Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. So why not take safety precautions right now, so you won’t have to face the risk of catching a disease caused by candida albicans?

If you’re now wondering what safety precautions we are talking about, disinfecting your home and workplace with a solution that can kill candida albicans is all you need to do.

How Alliance Enviro-Tech Can Help

Alliance Enviro-Tech can disinfect both residential and commercial spaces thoroughly.

Our Path-Guard® Systems can kill candida albicans in under 5 minutes, giving you peace of mind to know your property is safe for everyone living or working there.

For more information, contact us to find out how we can help keep your property safe and clean.