Fungi are microorganisms characterized by a substance in their cell walls called chitin. Some fungi, like many types of mushrooms, are edible. Other types of fungi, like aspergillums, can be extremely dangerous and lead to life-threatening diseases. Different types of fungi can cause fungal infections. In other cases, fungi that are normally present on or inside your body can multiply out of control and cause an infection. Fungal infections can be contagious. They can spread from one person to another. In some cases, you can also catch disease-causing fungi from infected animals or contaminated soil or surfaces.
A fungus is a primitive organism. Mushrooms, mold and mildew are examples. Fungi live in air, in soil, on plants and in water. Some live in the human body. Only about half of all types of fungi are harmful.
Some fungi reproduce through tiny spores in the air. You can inhale the spores or they can land on you. As a result, fungal infections often start in the lungs or on the skin. You are more likely to get a fungal infection if you have a weakened immune system or taking antibiotics.
Fungi can be difficult to kill. For skin and nail infections, you can apply medicine directly to the infected area. Oral antifungal medicines are also available for serious infections.
When your skin comes into contact with a harmful fungus, the infection can cause the rash to appear. For example, if you borrowed a pair of shoes from someone who had athlete’s foot, the fungus could come in contact with your foot and infect you. Rashes often pass from person to person or from animal to person by direct contact.
Anyone can develop a fungal rash. Superficial infections of the skin and nails are cited as the most common form of infection, affecting up to 20-25% of the world’s population at any given time. For example, athlete’s foot often affects otherwise healthy people.
The symptoms of a fungal infection will depend on the type, but common symptoms include the following:
Some common types of fungal infection include:
Vaginal candidiasis - Caused by the yeast Candida, also called a “vaginal yeast infection.” Ringworm - A common fungal skin infection that often looks like a circular rash.
Fungal diseases that affect people who live in or travel to certain areas Blastomycosis - Caused by the fungus Blastomyces, which lives in moist soil in parts of the United States and Canada.
Fungal diseases that affect people with weakened immune systems Weakened immune systems can’t fight off infections as well, due to conditions such as HIV, cancer, organ transplants, or certain medications.
Other diseases and health problems caused by fungi Fungal eye infections - Rare infections that can develop after an eye injury or after eye surgery.
Some precautions can prevent many fungal infections. For example, to reduce the risk of developing athlete’s foot, it’s important to keep your feet clean and dry. If walking in a locker room, pool, or a communal shower, wear flip flops or sandals to keep your skin from touching the floor. To reduce the risk of a vaginal yeast infection, it’s important to wear “breathable” underwear, avoid using scented sprays or powders, and practice good hygiene. Try to keep the following tips in mind to help prevent a fungal skin infection from developing:
Fungal infections are treated with anti-fungal medications specific to the particular fungus that caused the infection. These medications can be cream or ointment, suppository, or pill form. Regular antibiotics are not used for fungal infections because they are not effective. RJR herbal hospitals is providing a very effective treatments for the fungal infections. Blood purifying medicines are given to rejuvinate the blood. If you want to clear your fungal infection permanently book an appointment to our RJR herbal hospitals. Here the doctors are well specialized with experience to treat the fungal infections. Lakhs and lakhs of people got treated successfully in our hospitals without any side effects and recurrence of the disesase.