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Fungal Infections: Types of Infection
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Types of Infection

Antigen Alert It is often difficult to diagnose systemic fungal infections. Many times they are confirmed only at autopsy. Because so many systemic fungal infections go undetected and untreated, antifungal therapy has mixed success.

There are a number of different types of infections caused by fungi, including …

  • Superficial infections These fungal infections affect the skin or mucous membranes. Superficial fungal infections (e.g., yeast vaginitis, oral thrush, and athletes foot) affect millions of people worldwide. Although rarely life-threatening, they can have debilitating effects on a person's quality of life and may in some cases spread to other people or become invasive (systemic). Most superficial fungal infections are easily diagnosed and can be treated effectively.
  • Systemic infections These occur when fungi get into the bloodstream and generally cause more serious diseases. Systemic fungal infections may be caused either by an opportunistic organism that attacks a person with a weakened immune system, or by an invasive organism that is common in a specific geographic area, such as cocci and histoplasma. Unlike superficial infections, systemic fungal infections can be life-threatening.
  • Opportunistic infections As previously noted, the fungi attack people with weakened immune systems. These can be either systemic or superficial infections.
  • Several kinds of fungal infections are described in the following sections.

    Oral thrush. (Courtesy CDC)

    Candida is a yeast that is common in people—hundreds of thousands of them live peacefully in our bodies. They are found on the mucosal surfaces of the mouth, the gut, and the female reproductive system. Most Candida infections occur on one of those three surfaces. These infections can usually be treated with antifungal drugs, but drug resistance is becoming more and more common, making these infections tougher to cure. Candida can also cause more serious systemic infections.

    Potent Fact The fungi that cause infections in people are divided into three groups: yeasts, moulds, and dermatophytes. Only about 180 of the 250, 000 known fungal species are able to cause disease. Most of them are moulds, but there are also many disease-causing yeasts. Some fungi are highly pathogenic and can establish a systemic infection in exposed individuals. Others only cause disease when the immune system is weak.

    These infections are opportunistic and occur when the environment in the body becomes favorable for the organism to grow and spread. This can happen, for example, when someone is being treated with antibiotics. In this case, fungi, which compete for nutrients with bacteria within the body, proliferate once the bacteria are eliminated.


    Sounds like a fungus....could be candida

    2006-03-09 17:23:08 by ----

    Fungus likes to grow in warm, dark, moist areas (as in body folds of skin)
    also could be tinea corporis between breasts, another fungus
    if the red spots don't tan with sunlight, it could be tinea versicolor (another fungus)
    all are easy to treat with OTC anti-fungal creams
    you might want to Google images of the above 3 suggested types of fungal infections

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      My uncle is very desperate and he gets a lot under his foot which bothers him so he cant walk. He wants to know if he can take a homeopathic medicine specifically this one, …king a anti-histamine?
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      • Urticaria is generally caused by direct contact with an allergenic substance, or an immune response to food or some other allergen, or for other reasons.
        • Medication such as antibiotics, codeine, penicillin, sulf … • Stay away from alcohol, as it causes flushing of the skin
        • Try not to scratch affected areas
        • Wear loose clothes that will not put pressure on the skin

        Good luck, have a nice weekend.