What is the difference between Candida albicans and Candida? Often, these terms are used interchangeably, as most individuals refer to the yeast infection organism as Candida Albicans. Based on our extensive research and observations, there are around 19 types of Candida that might affect humans. However, the term “commonly” is relative; some strains might only appear in 1 out of every 400 to 500 samples tested.
The most frequent strains we’ve noticed include: Candida Albicans, Candida Krusei, Candida Parapsilosis, Candida Glabrata, and Candida Tropicalis. There are also rarer strains, such as Candida Lyxosophila, Candida Maltosa, or Rugosa, which are occasionally identified. Out of these, Candida Albicans is most prevalent, appearing in approximately 89 percent of all samples. Other strains, like Candida Tropicalis, can be more challenging to address than Albicans.
Candida strains can be likened to various types of criminals. Some are easily detected and handled, while others are elusive, adapting and evading treatments. Candida has its ways of defending itself too. For instance, it can release substances that hinder the immune response aimed at it. When comparing bacteria and Candida, the latter seems more adaptive and “intelligent” in its survival tactics.
To understand this better, consider an aircraft evading a heat-seeking missile by releasing flares. The missile is drawn to the flares and not the actual target, ensuring the aircraft’s safety. Similarly, Candida uses tactics to distract and divert the immune system. These adaptive strategies highlight the complexity of dealing with different Candida strains.
To summarize, while many use the terms Candida albicans and Candida interchangeably, they might be referring to the broader category of yeast infections. But, as discussed in our book, Candida Crusher, it’s essential to understand that several strains of Candida exist, each with its unique characteristics.
Disclaimer: This information is provided for general understanding and education. It’s vital to consult with your healthcare professional before making any decisions related to your health.