An anonymous Reddit user claims to have done a good deed by warning someone else against using a baby name commonly associated with a yeast infection.
The user, who has since deleted his account, shared a screenshot text message with a subreddit on Oct. 20 that poked fun at “terrible names and naming culture.”
“My feat yesterday,” the Reddit user wrote in the screenshot’s subject line.
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The expectant parent asked the Reddit user, “What about Candida?”
“I could be wrong, but I think that’s the medical term for a fungal infection,” the anonymous recipient replied.
The parent, who was in search of a baby name, wrote back and hinted that people probably wouldn’t make the connection, according to the Reddit post.
“I mean I wouldn’t risk it, you have a lot of other great names,” the alleged Reddit user then replied.
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“I doubt that would have been a problem but OK,” the parent-to-be apparently wrote back.
The name Candida is of Latin origin. According to BabyNames.com, an online resource for baby name meanings, it’s a color- and nature-related name, meaning “white.”
Other naming sources indicate that Candida means “dazzling white,” “bright,” “pure,” or “brilliant white.”
Candida is considered a female name and is usually given to girls. According to a chart published by BabyNames.com, the name has steadily declined in popularity since the 1970s.
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The naming website says Candida does not appear in the top 100 on the Baby Names Popularity Chart and is not currently ranked in US births.
In medicine, the name Candida is short for Candidiasis and Candida albicans, both of which are associated with yeast infections.
Yeast is a fungus that is normally found in the body and on the skin, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine.
“If too much yeast grows, it can lead to infection,” the prestigious Baltimore Hospital wrote in a yeast infection resource guide.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that candidiasis is a fungal infection caused by a yeast called Candida.
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“Some types of Candida can cause infections in humans; the most common is Candida albicans,” the national health agency wrote on a candidiasis information page.
The CDC says Candida can live in the mouth, throat, intestines, or vagina “without causing any problems,” but it can “cause infections if it gets out of control or goes deep into the body,” including infections in the bloodstream or inside Internal organs such as the kidneys, heart or brain.
Reddit users agreed that the original poster did the right thing by pointing out that the name has ties to an uncomfortable medical condition.
“Personally I don’t want my name to be googled and ‘vaginal yeast infection’ the first result,” wrote one commenter.
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Another user chimed in, writing that “Candida is a legitimate name”.
However, the same person showed a sudden inability to stop thinking about the importance of the fungal infection associated with it.