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What are Fungal Infections?

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What are Fungal Infections?

Fungal infections, also known as mycoses, are caused by microscopic fungi that live on the dead tissues of your skin, hair and nails. These organisms usually do not cause any harm until an opportunity arises for them to invade healthy tissue. Fungal infections can range from mild to severe and often require medical treatment in order to prevent further complications.


Common types of fungal infections include athlete's foot (tinea pedis), ringworm (tinea corporis), jock itch (tinea cruris) and yeast infections (candidiasis). All of these fungal infections have similar symptoms such as itching, burning, cracking and redness. In some cases there may be blisters with pus or a cheesy discharge.


Fungal infections can be spread through direct contact with an infected person or by coming into contact with damp or wet surfaces such as locker rooms, showers and swimming pools. They can also be picked up from animals or pets. It is important to remember that fungal infections are contagious and it is important to take preventative measures in order to avoid infecting others.


To help prevent a fungal infection from occurring, it is important to keep the skin clean and dry, wear loose clothing and avoid sharing towels, shoes or clothes with anyone else. Additionally, a let us know if any of the symptoms persist despite home treatment methods being used. If diagnosed correctly and in time, most cases of fungal infections can be treated effectively with medications, such as antifungal creams, powders or tablets.


Fungal infections are relatively common and very treatable when diagnosed correctly. It is important to take preventative measures to avoid coming into contact with infected surfaces and people, while also seeking medical advice if any of the symptoms persist. By taking these steps, it is possible to minimize the risk of developing a fungal infection.

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