Fungal Infection: Overview

Fungal infections are caused by small organisms called fungi (plural) or fungus (singular). They often infect the skin or other external membranes or regions, but can sometimes also infect the internal parts of the body. Common examples include Athlete’s foot or Candida (Yeast Infections; Thrush). Fungal infections need to be distinguished from viruses, bacterial infections, parasites, and other types of disease. Fungal infections are often treated with antifungal medications. Note that a fungal infection is a different topic than a person having an allergy to fungi; see fungal allergies.

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