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Collection: Fungal Infection

A fungal infection, also called mycosis, is a skin disease caused by a fungus.

There are millions of species of fungi. They live in the dirt, on plants, on household surfaces, and on your skin. Sometimes, they can lead to skin problems like rashes or bumps.

Fungal infections are common throughout much of the natural world. In humans, fungal infections occur when an invading fungus takes over an area of the body and is too much for the immune system to handle.

Fungi can live in the air, soil, water, and plants. There are also some fungi that live naturally in the human body.

Like many microbes, there are helpful fungi and harmful fungi. When harmful fungi invade the body, they can be difficult to kill, as they can survive in the environment and re-infect the person trying to get better.

In this article, we take a look at who is most at risk of getting a fungal infection and what the symptoms and treatment options are for some common types.            

WHAT CAUSES FUNGAL INFECTION?

The symptoms of a fungal infection will depend on the type, but common symptoms include the following:

  • skin changes, including red and possibly cracking or peeling skin
  • itching

Read on to find out more about some common types of fungal infection, their symptoms, and the treatment options.

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