Fungal infection Also called: mycosis
Any disease caused by a fungus.
There are approximately 1.5 million different species of fungi on Earth, but only about 300 of those are known to make people sick. Fungal diseases are often caused by fungi that are common in the environment. Fungi live outdoors in soil and on plants and trees as well as on many indoor surfaces and on human skin. Most fungi are not dangerous, but some types can be harmful to health.
Anyone can get a fungal infection, even people who are otherwise healthy. Fungi are common in the environment, and people breathe in or come in contact with fungal spores every day without getting sick. However, in people with weak immune systems, these fungi are more likely to cause an infection.
A fungus can then invades the body tissues an cause a disease that's sometimes confined to the skin, but that can also spread deeper into tissues such as bones, lungs, brain and other organs, and affect the whole body. Symptoms depend on the area affected.
Requires a medical diagnosis
Symptoms can be very mild or very severe and depend on the area affected.
Symptoms can be as mild as an uncomfortable skin rash or vaginal infection resulting in abnormal discharge or as severe as altered mental status, fevers, respiratory distress and cough .
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Treatments include antifungal medications and to the extent possible restore the immune system and controlling your diabetes and avoidance when possible of unnecessary antibiotics or steroids or other biologic agents that can weaken the immune system and disturb the balance the trillions of microorganism that inhabit us .
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