Fungal infections can affect anyone. Learning about them can help you and your doctor recognize the symptoms of a fungal disease early and may help prevent serious complications.
Fungal infections are often caused by insults from our environment. Most fungi are not dangerous, but some types can be harmful to health.
Mild fungal skin diseases can look like a rash and are very common. Fungal diseases in the lungs are often similar to other illnesses such as the flu or tuberculosis. Some fungal diseases like fungal meningitis and bloodstream infections are less common than skin and lung infections but can be deadly.
Fungal Infections, also know as yeast infections are the most misdiagnosed infections. Fungal infections perfectly mimic bacteriological infections. Unless your treating physician has reason has a reason to suspect you have been exposed to fungus they will most likely treat your symptoms with antibiotics.
Many people experience temporary relief but relapse quickly. As with any infection, if left untreated fungal infections become worse and the symptoms more severe.
Many physicians will tell you that you can’t get sick from mold, or that only the immuno-incompetent (AIDS, HIV, Diabetics, etc…) can develop a fungal infection.
The National Treatment Centers for Environmental Disease understands that anyone can have a fungal infection / yeast infection or an invasive fungal infection (IFI) regardless of age or immune system status.