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fungal infection

Etymology: L, fungus, mushroom, inficere, to stain
any inflammatory condition caused by a fungus. Most fungal infections are superficial and mild, though persistent and difficult to eradicate. Some, particularly in older, debilitated, or immunosuppressed or immunodeficient people, may become systemic and life threatening. Some kinds of fungal infections are aspergillosis, blastomycosis, candidiasis, coccidioidomycosis, and histoplasmosis.

fun·gal in·fec·tion

(fŭng'găl in-fek'shŭn)
Any invasion of the body by a pathogenic fungus.


pertaining to or caused by a fungus.

fungal disease
the three principal manifestations are the skin infections, the dermatophytoses, systemic infections such as coccidioidomycoses, and the mycotoxicoses, the fungal poisonings.
fungal hypersensitivity
may occur in animals; possibly the cause of fungal kerion.
fungal hyphae
see hypha.
fungal infection
see mycosis.
fungal mastitis
see Table 16.
fungal slide culture
a method of culturing fungi that allows good visualization of conidia for identification purposes.
fungal toxins
there are a large number of known poisonous fungi, some of which grow on living plants, many of them visible on the outside of the plant, many of them growing inside the plant and therefore not visible. Many more grow on stored feed such as grain and hay. The best known fungal toxins include aflatoxin, citrinin, ergotamine, fumonisins, ergovaline, ochratoxin, phomopsin, slaframine, sporidesmin, trichothecenes (e.g. satratoxin, deoxynivalenol), zearalenone.

Patient discussion about fungal infection

Q. What is the best way to treat fungal infection so it wont come back every year at the same time?? I don't know where I got it from- maybe caught it in a public shower,some people say it develops while the foot is in the shoe for long hours- I'm not sure- but every fall, for like 5 years now, I've been having this fungal infection in a few spots in my feet. usually in the same exact spots and ewvery year another one show up. what to do to make it go away?? it's real ugly and itchy, can't stand it. any help would be appreciated...

A. i also used to have fungal infections (Athlete's foot). i just applied a topical anti fungal cream to treat it and then continued applying it for prevention and started to use sandals in public showers. and thank god, i don't have any now.

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Inexpensive, rapid diagnostic tests are available for important fungal infections but are not being widely used.
The fungal infections are usually caused by humidity, which further leads to dandruff and dermatitis.
Epidemiology and outcome of invasive fungal infection in adult hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients: analysis of Multicenter Prospective Antifungal Therapy (PATH) Alliance registry.
Keep an open mind and cast a wider differential," to help catch fungal infections, and use all the dermatologic tools, including slide preps, cultures, and biopsies, Dr.
Modern trends of therapy with widespread, prolonged, and indiscriminate use of broad spectrum antibiotics; use of cancer chemotherapeutic agents; use of immunosuppressive drugs; irradiation; and increased use of radiological screening procedures, hyperalimentation, organ transplantations, and acquired immunodeficiency have led to increase in incidence of fungal infections.
Changing pattern of fungal infection in burn patients.
Fungal infection was observed during initial treatment in eight (8.
Some choose not to repeat the test once it is known that a fungal infection exists, whereas others may order repeat testing as often as daily to monitor BG levels.
The collaborating Multistate Fungal Infection Outbreak Response Team; Multistate Fungal Infection Clinical Investigation Team; clinical providers.
A plausible explanation for the same would be that the fungal infection from sinuses spread through the bone either directly by erosion due to angioinvasion and necrosis or indirectly through valveless venous and arterial plexus surrounding the orbit and the sinuses.
Dr Rajpal, Medical Superintendent, Safdarjung Hospital, told M AIL T ODAY , "Such fungal infections are usually eradicated through fumigation of about two weeks at least.
Key words: Fungal infection, renal transplant, candidiasis, dermatophytoses.