Fungal Infections

Fungal Infections

Fungal Infections
Skin fungal infections thrive in warm, moist areas of the body, such as in the armpits or groin. It's also possible to get fungal infections on or around the mouth or nails. Athlete's foot, yeast infections, jock itch, ringworm and some skin rashes are the result of certain types of fungi that can build up on the skin and mucus membranes to cause fungal infections. A fungal infection of the skin can create a great deal of discomfort, appearing as a red, intensely itchy, inflamed rash.

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    Histoplasmosis is a disease sometimes associated with bats. Its symptoms vary greatly, but the disease primarily affects the lungs. Occasionally, the infection can spread to other organs. When this happens, it can be fatal if untreated.

    Histoplasmosis is a disease caused by a fungus that may be associated with accumulations of bird or bat droppings (also known as guano). Histoplasmosis can contaminate the guano, and when areas with heavy accumulations of guano are disturbed, the infectious fungal spores can be released and aerosolized.

    The fungus that causes histoplasmosis can be found throughout the world, including certain areas of the United States, such as the Ohio and Mississippi River valleys. The fungus may also be present in places that harbor large populations of bats, including caves.

    Many infected persons do not have any symptoms of infection. Sometimes, antifungal medications are used to treat persons with histoplasmosis, particularly if they have severe or prolonged symptoms.

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    Usually children are not affected by deep tissue fungal infections, but by superficial infections. Children tend to develop superficial fungal infection because they share a lot of items that have the opportunity to become infected. They often do not use proper protection when using public restrooms, locker rooms, or showers. Babies are also susceptible to fungal infections. They are most prone to developing yeast infections in their mouth call thrush. Occasionally children will develop deep tissue fungal infections. This is cause for immediate concern and medical attention.

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    Since many fungal infections are caused by commonplace fungi, it is difficult to prevent this condition. However, you can help prevent both fungal infection and fungal infection recurrence by practicing some simple measures. You should wash your feet daily and always wear loose, clean, cotton clothing. You should always wear foot protection in public showers, rest rooms, or locker rooms. Your feet and body should always be very clean and dry, using a powder if necessary for excessive perspiration.

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    Fungal infections can be caused either through contact or respiration of a certain fungus. Usually, your body will attack and kill the fungus, making them harmless. However, in some situations, fungus will be able to enter and infect your body through a weakness caused by an illness or a certain immune disabling drug. Fungal infections can also develop because they have a warm, moist environment in which to thrive. Certain types of fungus are contagious and can be passed from person to person through contact.

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    There are several risk factors associated with fungal infections. Those with a weakened immune system because of chemotherapy, an organ transplant, or HIV/AIDS are more susceptible to fungal infections. A lack of cleanliness can also lead to fungal infections as it provides an ideal place for fungi to thrive. Additionally, if you share many items or if you use public restrooms or showers you are more likely to develop a contagious form of fungi. Some fungi, however, can infect you no matter the health of your immune system or the precautions you take.

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    A fungal infection of the skin can create a great deal of discomfort, appearing as a red, intensely itchy, inflamed rash.

    A common form of fungal skin infection is cutaneous candidiasis. It is caused by yeast organisms known as candida.

    Skin fungal infections thrive in warm, moist areas of the body such as in the armpits or groin. It's also possible to get fungal infections on or around the mouth or nails.

    These infections can be transferred through skin-to-skin contact as well as through contact with soiled towels or clothing.

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    Certain viral, bacterial or fungal infections can lead to scalp sores. Other, more serious illnesses like HIV can cause scalp sores, too. Additionally, acne or clogged hair shafts on the head may also lead to sores.

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    Sometimes you will not know that you have a fungal infection for months after infection. Once your symptoms do develop, they differ depending on which part of the body is affected and if it is a superficial or deep tissue infection. Fungal infection of the skin, hair, or nails is called tinea or ringworm. Ringworm is a red ring on the skin that spreads outward in a circular pattern. These types of red rashes can also occur in the groin area and on the feet. Candida is a yeast infection that can affect women, men, and babies, but is most common in women. If the fungal infection affects deep tissue it can cause severe lung, blood, and systemic diseases.

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    If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of a fungal infection you should talk to your doctor. Fungal infections spread quickly so they require prompt diagnosis and treatment. By identifying the type of fungus you are infected with, your doctor will be able to come up with the best treatment plan.

    As with any appointment, be sure to discuss the causes, symptoms, treatments, and complications associated with fungal infections.

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    Jock itch is considered a fungal infection that appears in the groin and thigh area. Most times, this looks like a rash with defined edges. It is developed typically from playing sports because of increased perspiration and the use of sports equipment. These qualities make the perfect environment for fungus to grow and infect the skin. This condition is common in both men and women.