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FUNGAL DISEASES Any fungal infection is called a mycosis. Mycoses are generally long-lasting, chronic infections. 1. Systemic mycoses—fungal infections deep within the body. They are usually caused by fungi  that live in the soil and inhalation of spores is the common route of infection. These infections  therefore usually begin in the lungs and may spread to other tissues. They are not transmitted  from person to person. Histoplasmosis and coccidioidomycosis are two examples. 2. Subcutaneous mycoses—fungal infections beneath the skin, usually caused by spores or  mycelial fragments of soil organisms that enter through a puncture wound. Sporotrichosis is an  example. 3. Dermatomycoses or cutaneous mycoses—these infect only the epidermis, hair, and nails. The  fungus organisms can be called dermatophytes. All secrete an enzyme called keratinase that  breaks down keratin in the hair, skin, and nails. These can be spread from person to person by 
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  • Fall '09
  • SMITH
  • Systemic mycoses—fungal infections, Subcutaneous mycoses—fungal infections, puncture wound. Sporotrichosis, cutaneous mycoses—these infect

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