Introduction: Fungal infections
Fungi and yeasts are multi-celled plants that are parasites.
An everyday example of a fungus is mushrooms.
However, the fungi that cause human disease are usually
very small fungi.
There are a few common human fungal conditions
that are rarely harmful except for those with severely
weakened immune systems.
Fungal infections: A fungus is actually a primitive vegetable. Fungi can be found in air, in soil, on plants, and in water. Thousands, perhaps millions, of different types of fungi exist on Earth. The most familiar ones to us are mushrooms, yeast, mold, and mildew. Some live in the human body, usually without causing illness. In fact, only about half of all types of fungi cause disease in humans. Those conditions are called mycoses. 1
Conditions list: The list of conditions in the Fungal infections group includes:
- Vaginal Candidiasis
- Oral thrush
- Athlete's foot
- Yeast infections
- Ringworm - not a worm but a fungus.
- Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis
- Cryptococcal Meningitis
- Fungal nail infections
- Invasive candidiasis
- Pityriasis Versicolor
Conditions by class: See also the full list of conditions in class parasite.fungal.
Misdiagnosis and Fungal infections: Research more detailed information about misdiagnosis of Fungal infections, failure to diagnose Fungal infections, underlying causes of Fungal infections (possibly misdiagnosed), or research misdiagnosis of other diseases
Treatments for Fungal infections: Various information is available about treatments available for Fungal infections, or research treatments for other diseases.
Causes of Fungal infections: Research more detailed information about the causes of Fungal infections, other possibly hidden causes of Fungal infections, or other general information about Fungal infections.
1. excerpt from Microbes in Sickness and in Health - Publications, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: NIAID
Last revision: May 27, 2003
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