Are fungal infections serious?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Fungal infections can be very serious regardless of whether they are superficial or deep tissue fungal infections. Even superficial infections, which are usually just irritating, can spread below the skin and affect the deep tissues.

In deep tissue fungal infections, healthy individuals can suffer from effects somewhat like the flu, with a high temperature, cough, and an all-over ill feeling. Other infections wait for a break or weakness in the immune system to manifest symptoms and spread. Once they do spread in a weakened immune system, fungal infections can cause chest pain, loss of weight, perspiring, and lung, blood, bone, and systemic diseases. These diseases can cause permanent damage to your body.

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