What Is a Fungal Infection?
Fungal infection is the type of infection where the root causes of the infection is a fungus. Fungi, the word for more than one fungus, can be found on different parts of the body. A fungus is actually a primitive vegetable. Examples are Mushrooms, mold and mildew. These are just the few examples. Fungi live in air, in soil, on plants and in water. Some fungus lives in the human body. Only about half of all types of fungi are detrimental to human health.
Some fungi reproduce through tiny spores in the air. Either you inhale the spores or they 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 weak immune system or take antibiotics. Fungi can be difficult to kill.
Here are some common types of fungal infections which we normally suffer from:
Tinea (say: tih-nee-uh) is a type of fungal infection of the hair, skin, or nails.
Athlete’s foot is another type of fungal infection generally appearing between the toes but can also affect toenails and the bottom or sides of the feet.
Jock itch is a fungal infection of the groin and upper thighs.
Candida (say: kan-duh-duh) is a yeast similar to a fungus. It frequently affects the skin around the nails or the soft, moist areas around body openings.
These are just the common types of fungal infections which we usually suffer from. There are other fungal infections which are very rare but are very hazardous to health. You can find more information about fungal infection, its causes, symptoms, treatment, prevention etc. in our next sections.