You are more likely to get a fungal infection if you

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You are more likely to get a fungal infection if you have a weakened immune system or take antibiotics. Fungi can be difficult to kill . For skin and nail infections medication applied directly to the infected area. Oral antifungal medicines available for serious infections. Image: Pulmonary Aspergillosis , Nephron From the Virtual Microbiology Classroom on ScienceProfOnline.com
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Fungal Infections: Types of Mycoses Happen when fungi pass the resistance barriers of the body and establish infection. Characterize mycoses by ________________________________. Superficial Mycoses: Most patients are not even aware that they have condition. Fungi only growing on dead skin, hair and nails. Fungus doesn’t secretes metabolites into body. Cutaneous Mycoses: Fungi growing and secreting metabolites into the skin. Person is definitely aware of the infection. An example of this is Epidermophyton floccosum , one of the causes of athlete's foot. Subcutaneous Mycoses: Fungus must be traumatically implanted into the body. Systemic Mycoses: Fungi are inhaled into the lungs and subsequently are transported to other internal organs, usually through the bloodstream. Images: Fungus Toe , Medguy; Athlete’s foot , Foloonb From the Virtual Microbiology Classroom on ScienceProfOnline.com
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Epidemiology of Mycoses _____ and ________ of Fungal Infections Fungi and their spores are found almost everywhere in the environment. You can’t avoid them. It is your _________ _________ that keeps you safe from fungal infection. Mycoses are typically acquired via inhalation , trauma or ingestion . Only very infrequently are they spread from person to person. Still, epidemics of mycoses occur, but typically through mass exposure (like bird droppings in or near the ventilation system of a building). Since usually not contagious, difficult to report incidence, other than epidemics or when they effect a specific population (such as AIDS patients). Image: Source unknown From the Virtual Microbiology Classroom on ScienceProfOnline.com
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True Fungal Pathogens vs. Opportunistic Fungi There are only four types of fungi that are considered true pathogens… - Blastomyces dermatitidis - Coccidioides immitis - Historplamsa capsulatum - Paracoccidioides brasiliensis … the rest are considered opportunistic. What’s the difference? ___________________ fungi have the ability to actively attack and invade tissues of healthy individuals. Have specific enzymes and proteins that help them survive and reproduce within the body. ________________ fungi do not cause disease in healthy individuals, but can cause disease in those with weakened immune system. Pathogen : Blastomyces Images: Aspergillus fumigatus , PHIL #300; Blastomyces, Public Health Image Library #3768 Opportunist : Aspergillus From the Virtual Microbiology Classroom on ScienceProfOnline.com
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True Fungal Pathogen Species: __________ _________ What Is Blastomycosis?
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