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Diseases caused by fungus



Tinea of ​​body: one of the fungal mycoses

Introduction

Many types of fungi that settle in the human body can cause disease. Most of these fungi look for hot and humid places in the body to develop. These fungi usually settle on the skin, scalp and nails.

Major fungal diseases

- Tinea of ​​the body: superficial ringworm of the skin, characterized by rounded itchy skin.

- Tinea of ​​the head: Superficial ringworm that develops on the scalp, forming hair flaws. Contagious, is very common in children.

- Groin tinea: superficial ringworm that causes a lot of itching. Reaches legs and groins.

- Pityriasis versicolor: superficial ringworm that mainly affects areas with high oiliness. They form white spots with the presence of peeling.

Candidiasis: A disease caused by fungi that can affect both the skin and mucous membranes. Depending on the affected region it may be classified as oral, intertrigo, vaginal, onychomycosis or paronychia candidiasis.

- Histoplasmosis: fungal infection.

- Onimicosis (ringworm of the nails): infection caused by fungus and that affects the nails.

How to avoid

In general, to prevent the onset of fungal diseases, we should follow some basic procedures:

- Dry all parts of the body well when leaving the bath;

- Wear fresh and very clean clothes, especially in high temperatures;

- Do not walk barefoot in humid and crowded places (changing rooms, saunas, etc.);

- Do not share manicure instruments;

- Avoid wearing synthetic fabric socks. Cotton ones are the most recommended ones;

Avoid physical contact with people who have skin conditions (many mycoses are contagious)

- If suspicious, consult a dermatologist or general practitioner quickly. Quickly identifying and treating such diseases is critical so that it does not increase and spread throughout the body.

IMPORTANT: The information on this page is only a source for research and school work. Therefore, they should not be used for medical advice. To do so, see a doctor for guidance and proper treatment.