How do fungal infections affect the body?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Fungal infections occur because of exposure to a fungus when there is a weakness in the body. This weakness can result from a compromised immune system or in an individual who provides a warm, moist environment in which the fungi can grow. Inflammation, tissue damage, and, in some cases, an allergic reaction follow as a reaction of the immune system against the invading fungi. This is more of an irritation when it is a superficial fungal infection, but very serious when it affects the deep tissues and organs.

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