What causes fungal infections?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

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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