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Fungal infections

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Background

  • Some organisms, called fungi, may cause diseases in humans. When a fungus's tiny reproductive cells (spores) enter the body or come into contact with the skin and begin to multiply, it is called a fungal infection.
  • Fungi may be found in virtually every type of habitat including land, fresh water, and salt water. However, they are most common in dark, moist, and warm environments. They are often found in the soil, on food, and on the skin.
  • Most types of fungi are harmless to humans.
  • Disease-causing fungi may enter the body through the skin, nose, vagina, nails, or mouth. This is because these areas of the body are the most likely to be exposed to fungi.
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Common Types and Causes of Fungal Infections

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Signs and Symptoms

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Diagnosis

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Treatment

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Integrative Therapies

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Prevention

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Author Information

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References

Natural Standard developed the above evidence-based information based on a thorough systematic review of the available scientific articles. For comprehensive information about alternative and complementary therapies on the professional level, go to www.naturalstandard.com. Selected references are listed below.

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