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Serious Fungal Diseases To Be Aware Of For Immune Compromised People

Important Fungal Infections To Know About For Immune Compromised Patients

Of the thousands of species of fungi, there are only a few that can cause disease or discomfort in people. Invasive fungal disease is relatively rare in healthy people because of our sophisticated immune systems. However, serious fungal diseases frequently occur in immune compromised patients.

Compromised immunity
Uncontrolled HIV infection, for example, makes many people vulnerable to lethal fungal diseases. Cancer treatments and diabetes can also compromise a person’s immunity. In addition, corticosteroids, immunosuppressant’s and prolonged courses of antibiotics can also make the body more susceptible to fungal infections.

Put this list of fungal infections on your radar

  1. Athletes Foot is a fungal infection of the feet with itching, scaling and redness.
  2. Ringworm can appear in the form of a red or silver rash anywhere on the body. It is usually ring-shaped.
  3. Onychomycosis is a fungal infection of the toenails or fingernails that can involve any component of the nail, including the matrix, bed or plate. It can cause pain, discomfort and disfigurement. Yeast and molds also cause nail infections.
  4. TineaVersicolor or pityriasisversicolor is a common condition that causes small patches of skin to become scaly and discolored. They can be darker or lighter than the surrounding skin, or even red or pink. The condition is caused by a yeast called Malassezia, which lives on the skin of most people without causing any problems.
  5. Cutaneous Candidiasis can involve almost any skin area of the body, but mostly occurs in warm, moist, creased areas such as the armpits and groin. Candida is also common in people who are obese or have diabetes. Antibiotics, steroid therapy and chemotherapy increase the risk of cutaneous Candidiasis. Candida can also cause infections of the nails

Contact our offices Laurel Foot & Ankle Center or Northern Virginia Foot & Ankle Associates  and schedule an appointment today.
To learn more about compromised immunity and foot disease, go to Heel Pain Institute of America and Laurel Foot & Ankle Center or Northern Virginia Foot & Ankle Associates.

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Francis J. Smith, D.P.M., A.B.F.A.S.
Board certified in Foot Surgery and Michael A. Klein, D.P.M. A.B.F.A.S.
Board certified in Foot Surgery​

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