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Candida albicans IgM


Candidiasis is a fungal infection caused by yeasts that belong to the genus Candida. There are over 20 species of Candida that can cause infection in humans, the most common being Candida albicans. Candida yeasts normally reside in the intestinal tract and can be found on mucous membranes and skin without causing infection; however, the overgrowth of candida can cause symptoms to develop, which vary depending on the area of the body that is infected.

IgM antibodies are involved in the very early stages of an immune response and first to be made by the body when fighting a new infection, providing short-term protection. The presence of IgM antibodies indicates a recent candida infection.