Fungal diseases may sound puzzling and hazardous, but they are often caused by fungi that are found in the most surroundings. Fungal infections of the skin are very common and include athlete’s foot, fingernail or toenail fungus jock itch, ringworm, and yeast infections.
Fungi can be found in soil, on plants, trees, and other vegetation, and on our skin, mucous membranes, and intestinal tracts. Most fungi are not hazardous, and some can even be helpful – for example, penicillin, bread, wine, and beer use ingredients made from fungi. However, some types of fungi can be damaging to health; like microorganisms and viruses, some fungi can act as pathogens or toxins.
The indicators of fungal diseases depend on the type of infection and location within the body. Some types of fungal infections can be minor, such as a rash or a mild respiratory illness. However, other fungal infections can be more serious, such as fungal pneumonia or circulation infection, and can lead to severe complications such as meningitis or death.
In most cases these infections are not life threatening but they could however, lead to more serious bacterial infections so it is important to see a Dermatologist right away for a diagnosis.
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