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What are fungal infections?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

A fungal infection is caused by an infection of some sort of fungus in various parts of the body, either through contact or respiration. Usually, most fungi are harmless, but occasionally they can infect the body and cause various symptoms. A fungal infection can affect any part of the body and is classified as either a deep tissue infection or superficial. Superficial means it only affects the skin or outside of the body, while a deep tissue infection means it attacks the lungs and internal parts.

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