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ways to diagnose fungal infections

Why Are Fungal Infections Often Misdiagnosed?

One in four people worldwide will have to deal with a fungal infection at some point. There are many different types of fungal diseases. While some are mild, others can be very severe and...
difference between inverse psoriasis and tinea cruris

What’s the Difference Between Inverse Psoriasis and Tinea Cruris?

It's quite common to get two different medical conditions mixed up, especially if they share numerous symptoms. Sometimes this can be rather dangerous, as you might have a serious medical condition, while you're thinking...
differences between vitiligo and fungus

What’s the Difference Between Vitiligo and Skin Fungus?

The list of the differences between vitiligo and fungus of the skin really begins with the causes. But they have in common a tendency to change the skin's coloration. And they can be difficult...
rare form of fungal disease

Are We on the Verge of an Epidemic of This Deadly Fungal Infection?

Have you ever heard of Candida auris? This is a rare form of fungal disease. Most people aren’t aware of its existence. But according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this disease is...
yeast infections sometimes recur

Why Do Yeast Infections Sometimes Recur?

Dealing with a yeast infection can be complicated. Antifungal treatment usually lasts around weeks. However, it may be followed by a topical treatment that you have to continue for six more weeks. It’s not always possible...
flooding and fungal infections

This Is How Floods Create a Perfect Breeding Ground for Dangerous Fungi

Flooding has a number of long-term health consequences. Did you know that there is a connection between flooding and fungal infections? But why do floods cause disease outbreaks? And what can we do to stop...
prevention of fungal infections

Does Your Body Temperature Play a Role in Fungal Infections?

The prevention of fungal infections requires some care and effort. There is a variety of ways you can lower your risk of contracting fungal diseases. Maintaining your personal hygiene is one of the most...
body’s response to aspergillosis

This Is How Your Body Responds to a Potentially Deadly Fungus

Just like our body has a specific reaction to the flu (fever, muscle pain, fatigue) every infection has its own set of countermeasures that our immune system deploys to fight against them. However, while...
fungal infections of the lungs

Does Iron Play a Role in Fungal Infections of the Lungs?

Many people experience fungal infections of the lungs following a lung transplant procedure. According to research, infections occur in about 4.5% of the patients. Doctors refer to this infection as aspergillosis. As its name suggests,...
Candida albicans

This Dangerous Fungus Lives Inside Your Mouth

Candida albicans is one of the most common types of fungus out there. According to research, about 50% of people have it in their bodies. This yeast-like fungus usually inhabits your mouth or your...
yeast infections and mental health

Can a Yeast Infection Take a Toll on Your Mental Health?

Dealing with a yeast infection can be very unpleasant. It can cause a lot of stress and thus have a negative effect on your psyche. But the link between yeast infections and mental health...
causes of yeast infections

Can Yeast Infections Be a Side Effect of Taking Amoxicillin?

There are many different causes of yeast infections. It can come from having a weak immune system or an inappropriate diet. Additionally, diabetes increases your chances of contracting this disease. Antibiotics are also an extremely...
yeast and asthma

Can Stomach Fungus Predict Asthma?

It's common knowledge that mold allergies can trigger asthma attacks. But it's not just the indoor fungi that can do this. According to a team of Canadian scientists, there may also be a link...
fungus and Parkinson's disease

Is There a Link Between Fungus and Parkinson’s Disease?

As you may know, indoor fungus can cause some major health problems. People exposed to mold can develop asthma and other respiratory problems. But that's not all. Scientists have also found a link between...
why fungal infections can recur

5 Reasons Why Fungal Infections Sometimes Reoccur

Fungal infections take a long time to treat. Even when you think you’re free, you might be at risk of recurrence. Let’s look into the top reasons why fungal infections can recur. What can you...
antibiotics and antifungal medication

Can You Take Antibiotics and Antifungal Medication at the Same Time?

If you’re taking antibiotics, you are at a higher risk of developing a yeast infection. In fact, indication labels on most antibiotics have warnings about fungal infections. So, if this does happen to you,...
why are lung transplant recipients more prone to fungal infections

Why Are Lung Transplant Recipients More Prone to Fungal Infections?

The well-known fungus Aspergillus Fumigatus is everywhere. In fact, most people inhale it countless times during their lives, with the majority never getting sick. However, immunocompromised patients are more prone to develop the fungal...
caffeine and Candida infections

Is There a Link Between Caffeine and Candida Infections?

Managing your Candida infection usually means changing your diet. In fact, one of the first things your doctor may suggest as a treatment for a fungal infection of the gut will be a lifestyle...
the effects of candida on your immune system

The Effects of Candida on Your Immune System

The number of people with candida in the world is staggering. Though in most instances, treatment is available, candida can potentially be life-threatening. Symptoms such as oral or vaginal thrush as well as esophagitis...
caprylic acid and Candida

What Is Caprylic Acid and How Can It Help Against Candida?

As severe complications of Candida infections are extremely rare, many people avoid going to the doctor’s office and decide to treat these infections themselves. Different home remedies and over the counter topical treatments often...
nutritional yeast and fungal infections

Can Nutritional Yeast Cause Fungal Infections?

A food additive often used in vegan diets, nutritional yeast is a popular supplement because of its high contents of protein, B-12 vitamins, zinc, and folic acid. But, the word “yeast” carries a bad...
myths about ringworm

4 Persistent Myths About Ringworm Infections Debunked

Characterized by the telltale ring-like red or silver rash, ringworm is a common fungal infection of the skin. Since it’s quite similar to other fungal and bacterial skin infections, it can be easily confused...

Symptoms and Treatments of Jock Itch that You Should Know

Jock itch also is known as “tinea cruris” and is basically a rash in the different parts of the body. Both men and women can be the victims of Jock itch. It's usually seen...
Dishwashers can produce dangerous fungi

This Kitchen Appliance May Be a Fertile Ground for Dangerous Fungi

They say the kitchen is the heart of the home. Maybe that’s why we spend so much of our time disinfecting and cleaning it. Those processes are important as they help to control contamination....
higher risk of fungal toenail infections

These 5 Things May Increase Your Risk of a Fungal Toenail Infection

Toenail infections are surprisingly common and can have some nasty side effects. These can include progression, loss of the nail, and cellulitis. Without even realizing it, you may be putting yourself at a higher...
common myths about yeast infections

The 5 Most Common Myths About Yeast Infections

Many people will get a yeast infection at some point in their life, whether it’s on their genitals or another body part. With women, the number can be as high as 3 out of...
how popping zits could cause serious infections

How Popping Zits Could Cause Serious Infections

If you look in the mirror one morning and discover an unsightly zit, you may be tempted to pop it. After all, what harm? Even though many people do it, you should think twice...
white piedra

White Piedra: What You Need to Know About This Rare Fungal Infection

Out of millions of different species, only 300 fungi are known to cause illness or infection. That’s still a high amount, so you can be forgiven for not knowing all the different types fungal...
yeast infections in men

It’s Not Strictly a Woman’s Problem: Yeast Infections in Men

Yeast infection is a term that is most commonly used for a particular type of Candida infection in women. However, Candida infections can happen to anyone, in various areas of the body. It is very...
main causes of thrush

The Pathophysiology of Oropharyngeal Candidiasis

Oropharyngeal candidiasis is also called thrush or an oral Candida infection. It affects the mouth as well as the throat. Some people are particularly sensitive to this disease. For example, 90% of HIV patients have...
fungal infection of the ear

Sudden Ear Problems? It Could Be Otomycosis

Otomycosis is a fungal infection of the ear. Fungi are the cause of around 10 percent of ear infections. This article gives an overview of the top symptoms of otomycosis, as well as some...
symptoms of fungal skin infections

These Are the 3 Most Prevalent Symptoms of Fungal Skin Infections

Some types of fungi naturally grow on the surface of the skin. But an overgrowth of any fungus will lead to skin disease. So what are the top symptoms of fungal skin infections? Some Well-Known...
yeast infection facts

5 Facts About Yeast Infection That Will Surprise You

A yeast infection is something that most people have heard of but don’t know too much about. It’s an infection caused by the candida fungus. It occurs in the mucous membranes of our body....
Most Dangerous Fungal Diseases

The 3 Most Dangerous Fungal Diseases and How to Avoid Them

There are millions of fungal species, but not all can make you sick. Only 300 have been identified as having the ability to make a person sick. The most dangerous fungal diseases though, are known...
Fungus infections of the mucous membrane

Fungal Infections of the Mucous Membrane

Fungal infections have a wide range of effects on the human body. For some, there are no harmful symptoms or effects. Others receive flu-like symptoms. Rarely, do serious illnesses  occur from fungal infections, which...

What is Cutaneous Candidiasis?

Different types of bacteria and fungi live on your skin, and most of them aren’t harmful in any way. In fact, your body needs them to function the way that it does day-in and...

Jock Itch: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

Jock itch is a fungal rash of the skin that appears on the folds of the groin (inguinal folds). This condition mainly affects adult men. Provoked by a type of fungus called dermatophyte, it...
Athlete's foot

What You Should Know About Athlete’s Foot

Athlete's foot is a common infection of the skin by a microscopic fungus that usually affects the skin between the toes. Redness appears in the folds, then the skin dries and peels. In North...

How to Treat a Yeast Infection With Garlic

Treating fungus with vinegar and garlic is a widespread custom that hasn't been eradicated by most innovative treatments like gel, laser or spray. However, as far as gynecological health is concerned, using garlic to...

What You Should Know About Eye Fungal Infection or Ocular Mycosis

Ocular mycosis is a fungal infection of the eye. This type of eye infections occurs in 2 phases (keratitis and endophthalmitis). Keratitis occurs when the fungi affect the cornea while endophthalmitis occurs when the...

Did I Get a Fungal Infection at the Beach?

Showing a bronzed, smooth skin in summer becomes more than an act of coquetry; it's a necessity to survive elevated temperatures. However, it's the favorite season of Pityriasis, a fungal skin infection that attacks...

Fungal Nail Infection: What You Need to Know

There are 2 major causes of fungal infections of the skin and nails: yeasts and dermatophytes. The main organism causing infections of the skin and nails is called Candida albicans. This microorganism stays quietly...

Signs You Might Have Scalp Ringworm or Fungal Infection

Ringworm or Tinea capitis is actually not an infection caused by a worm, but by fungi species called Trichophyton as well as Microsporum. This type of fungal infection is one of the most common...

Vaginal Yeast Infections: Facts You Should Know

The subject about vaginal yeast infections is a widely discussed topic amongst women forums. Typically, this are fungal infections of the vagina or vulva that can cause discomfort, itching, and white discharge. Who is at...

Yeast Infections: Eat This, Not That

Here's a surprising statistic: 3 out of 4 women will experience a yeast infection at least once, reports the National Women's Health Resource Center. Symptoms can include a burning sensation, itch or soreness, and a...

How to Reduce Your Risks of Ringworm

More than 40 different types of fungus can cause ringworm, warns the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Ringworm can show up on your hands, scalp, groin, legs and other parts of your...

Does Earwax Prevent Ear Fungal Infections?

Who cares if you have a sufficient amount of cerumen or earwax? It’s something that we don’t typically bother with. If we do happen to think about the earwax, it becomes something disgusting, something...
fungal-meningitis

This Fungal Infection is Deadly

While most fungal infections aren’t that serious and can be treated with simple home remedies or creams, there are some that are dangerous and can even be deadly. Fungal meningitis, while rare, is one...

That Itchy Feeling: What is Jock Itch?

If you’ve ever been to gym class or played a sport, you’ve likely heard someone talking about jock itch. It’s one of the most common types of fungal infections that people experience, and knowing...

Athlete’s Foot Fungal Infection – Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that affects the skin on the foot. The fungal infection known as athlete’s foot, as it is usually seen on athletes. Even though the infection isn’t serious, it...

Yeast Infection: Facts You Should Know

Yeast infections are one of the most common types of fungal infections, and anyone can get them. While most people likely think of vaginal yeast infections when they think about yeast infections, there are...

What is Athlete’s Foot?

One of the most common types of fungus that people encounter is what is commonly known as athlete’s foot. Although most people have heard of athlete’s foot at one time or another, do you...

Psoriasis or nail fungal infection? How to tell

Although it is a relatively common disease, when it comes to nail fungal infections, there's a possibility of getting a false diagnosis, one that confuses onychomycosis with nail psoriasis, two completely different pathologies. Therefore, performing...

Is Dandruff a Fungal Infection?

Millions of people around the world are annoyed by dandruff. Home treatments, medicated shampoos, dermatological therapies, we try everything to get rid of it, but, do we know what's causing it? What causes dandruff? Scalp cells...

Can Making Love Increase Your Risk of Developing Fungal Infections?

Vaginal candidiasis is very common. According to a survey done by Monistat, three out of four women will develop a yeast infection in their lifetime. Of those who took their survey, 81% believe that...
the mold in your house could be destroying your health

The Mold in Your House Could be Destroying Your Health

Keeping your home mold-free is essential, especially if you consider that the mold in your house could be destroying your health. But what is mold and why does it threaten your health? Let’s look...
organ transplants and fungal infections

Organ Transplants and Fungal Infections: A Dangerous Combination

The risk of infection is considerable after a solid organ transplant. In this article, we examine organ transplants and fungal infections, outlining the risks as well as possible complications. In addition, you’ll find some...
why yeast infections during pregnancy are even more dangerous

Why Yeast Infections during Pregnancy are Even More Dangerous

Yeast infections are common, in fact, only 25% of women are not affected by yeast infections at any point in their life. While yeast infections are generally nothing more than uncomfortable, problems may arise...

5 Fungus Myths to Leave Behind

Fungi are all over. From healthy organisms in the human body to the spores you might find populating dark, damp corners of your home, fungi are a part of life and is often observed...
The Worst Kind of Fungi You Can Get

The Worst Kind of Fungi You Can Get

While many fungal infections do not pose serious health risks, experts believe that over 1.5 million people die from fungal infection each year. So, what are the worst kind of fungi you can get?...
baker’s yeast to detect fungi

Going up Against a Deadly Fungus with Baker’s Yeast?

There are many different fungi out there in the world. Scientists put the number at well over a million. While some can be cleared up by different forms of anti-fungal medicine, there are some...
fungus on the human skin

How Many Fungal Species Are There That Can Affect the Human Skin?

There are many different forms of fungi out there in the world. There are those used in making food, like the yeast used in bread. There are the types that cause diseases such as...
Fungal pneumonia

Why Fungal Pneumonia Is so Dangerous

Fungal pneumonia can be a deadly disease. With similarities to regular pneumonia, it is also an illness that is incorrectly diagnosed at times. It’s an infection in the lungs caused by airborne fungi and...

Understanding The Causes Fungal Nail Infections

Fungal infection, also known as "mycosis," is a slow growing infection, caused by fungi (as implied by the name). Fungi are ordinarily present alongside bacteria, in or on our body, but certain conditions tend...

What Are the Different Types of Fungal Infections?

Fungal infections are common in humans and usually occur when an invading fungus takes over a part of the body. Fungi are everywhere and can live in air, water, soil and plants. Not all...

What You Need to Know about Ringworm

Ringworm is one of the most common fungal skin infections in the world. However, there might be a lot that you don't know about it. For one thing, it's not an infection caused by...

Can You Get Athlete’s Foot on Your Hands?

Athlete's foot is so well-known that most of us have seen at least one commercial for a product that treats it. Despite its name, though, you don't have to be particularly athletic to get...
image of fungal nails

Do You Still Believe These 4 Myths About Nail Fungus?

You want to be sure you have the most accurate information to treat better and prevent the recurrence of nail fungus. Unfortunately, there are several myths about this topic causing people more harm than...

Fungal Infection Types and Ways to Prevent Them

Fungal infections happen because body tissues are being damaged by one or more types of fungi. This affection can cause mild skin conditions, but they can also lead to serious infections or systemic diseases....
good air filtration could keep you fungus free

How Having Good Air Filtration Could Keep You Fungus Free

Here’s how good air filtration could keep you fungus free. Types of Fungus The two major types of fungus are yeast and mold. Yeast grows in unicellular formations outside or inside the body, while mold grows...
Fungi Kill Millions of People Each Year

The Amount of People Killed By Fungus in a Year Will Shock You

How can athlete’s foot, ringworm, and UTI yeast infection kill so many people a year? These are only the common fungal infections that most of us have heard about or experienced, since they affect...
You Should Never Leave Nail Fungus Untreated

Why You Should Never Leave Nail Fungus Untreated

Most nail fungal infections are as painless as procrastination, so it is easy to understand why people might ignore it for a while. Maybe it will just go away, some might even reason. Here...
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Can You Use Bleach to Treat Toenail Fungus?

Yes, you can use bleach. Of course, severe toenail fungus should be treated by a doctor. But for a lesser infection, using bleach to...
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The 5 Best Foods to Eat on a Candida Diet

If you have a candida infection, your doctor will often suggest dietary changes as the first step in your treatment plan. These dietary changes...
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