|Sizes||Giantmicrobes are based on actual microbes, cells, organisms and other critters, only 1,000,000 times actual size!
Gigantic (GG) 40-60cm
XL (XL) 25-38cm
Original (PD) 12-20cm
Minis (MM) 5-10cm each
Keychain (KC) 5-10cm with clip
|Materials||Plush from all new materials. Stuffed with polyester fiber fill. Surface washable: sponge with water & soap, air dry.|
|Packaging||Each plush microbe includes a printed card with fun, educational and fascinating facts about the actual microbe or cell.|
|Safety||Every product meets or exceeds U.S. and European standards for safety. For ages 3 and up.|
All about Candida (Candida albicans)
|Name||This microbe was given a name that describes its most characteristic visible symptom, white patches. Both the genus and species names are Latin root words that mean white.|
|Actual Size||About 5 micrometers, which is 2,000 times smaller than a single M&M!|
|Where It Lives||Candida albicans is the most common species of Candida yeast and the most common cause of candidiasis, an overgrowth of yeast. It’s an opportunistic pathogen commonly found all over the environment, which means it only causes disease when the conditions are favorable. It can cause serious problems for individuals who have impaired immune systems, like the elderly or AIDS patients.|
|Symptoms||Candidiasis can occur all over the body—skin, throat, genitals, and even the blood stream. Candidiasis of the throat, or thrush, causes white patches on the tongue, pain and swelling in the mouth, nausea, vomiting, and weight loss. Genital candidiasis, commonly known as a yeast infection, is very common in adult women. It causes itching, irritation, burning, redness, pain and swelling in the vagina. Candidemia, or candidiasis of the blood, occurs in people who have underlying severe illnesses. It results in fever and chills, and can spread to major organs like the heart and brain.|
|History||Yeast infections were first described by Australian physician, David Grubby, during his tenure at Hospital St. Louis in France.
As treatment with antibiotics became more and more common in the 1950’s, yeast infections became more common.
|Fascinating Facts||Lactobacillus acidophilus has been shown to control the growth of Candida yeast. Perhaps a yogurt a day may keep the doctor away!|