Fungal Infections

A fungus is often a multicellular parasite that can decompose and absorb organic matter using an enzyme. However, some types, such as yeasts, are single celled. Fungi almost always reproduce by spreading single celled spores. The structure of a fungus is usually long and cylindrical, with small filaments branching from the main body. There are approximately 5.1 million species of fungus.

Many fungal infections develop in the upper layers of the skin, and some progress to the deeper layers. Inhaled yeast or mold spores can sometimes lead to fungal infections, such as pneumonia, or infections throughout the body. These are also known as systemic infections. The body usually has a population of good bacteria that help maintain the balance of microorganisms.

These line the intestines, mouth, vagina, and other parts of the body. Those with a higher risk of developing a fungal infection include people who: use antibiotics for a long time have a weakened immune system, due, for example, to living with HIV or diabetes or receiving chemotherapy treatment have undergone a transplant, as they take medications to prevent their body from rejecting the new organ.

  • Coccidioidomycosis
  • Histoplasmosis
  • Candidiasis
  • Athlete’s foot
  • Ringworm
  • Eye infections

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