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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Nail beds: Patients who have fungal nail infections (onychomycosis) may develop thick, brittle, or crumbly fingernails or toenails, which may be painful. The nails may become distorted in shape, flat, or dull. The nails may be yellow, green, brown, or black in color, and they may emit a foul odor. In some cases, infected nails may separate from the nail bed, causing a condition called onycholysis.

    Mouth: Symptoms of oral thrush may develop suddenly. Oral thrush typically causes creamy white lesions on the tongue, inner cheek, and sometimes, the gums, tonsils, and roof of the mouth. These lesions are often painful in patients with weakened immune systems, and they may bleed slightly when they are rubbed.

    Esophagus: Severe cases of oral thrush may spread into the esophagus. This is most likely to occur if oral thrush is left untreated or if the patient is extremely immunocompromised. Common symptoms of esophageal candidiasis include pain or difficulty swallowing and the sensation of food sticking to the throat. The pain may be so severe that it is difficult to eat. A fever may indicate that the infection has spread beyond the esophagus.

    Lungs: Symptoms of histoplasmosis typically develop about 17 days after the fungal spores were inhaled. Common symptoms include fever, headache, dry cough, chills, chest pain, weight loss, and sweats.

    Vagina: Common symptoms of vulvovaginal candidiasis (yeast infection) include itching, watery or curd-like vaginal discharge that is white in color, vaginal erythema (reddening of the skin), pain during sexual intercourse (dyspareunia), painful urination, swollen labia and vulva, and vaginal lesions. Symptoms generally worsen during menstruation because the hormonal changes provide a better environment for fungal growth.

    Feet: Fungal infections of the feet, such as athlete's foot, may cause burning or itching anywhere on the feet. Symptoms are usually most noticeable in between the toes. Patients may also develop itchy blisters, cracked or peeling skin, dry skin, or toenails that are thick, crumbly, discolored, or pulling away from the nail bed.

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    Practicing good hygiene and regularly washing the hands with soap and water may help reduce the risk of acquiring fungal infections. This is especially important after exposure to soil (e.g. gardening) because many types of fungi live in the dirt. Good hygiene may also reduce the risk of passing a contagious infection on to others.

    Fungi prefer warm, moist environments. Therefore, patients should limit their exposure to such conditions. Individuals should wear shower shoes (e.g. flip flops or sandals) when they are exposed to wet or moist surfaces at a public setting. This includes public showers and swimming pools at gyms and workout clubs. Patients should change their socks if they become sweaty. Individuals, especially those who are obese, should carefully dry themselves after taking a shower.

    All produce should be washed thoroughly before eating to prevent exposure to disease-causing organisms, such asHistoplasma capsulatum. This is because produce is grown in the soil, which is a common habitat for fungi.

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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.