Fungal Infections

October 29, 2008

Types of Fungal Infections

Related Terms:  Tinea, Athlete’s Feet, Candida, Jock Itch, Yeast Infections, Oral thrush, Cryptococcosis, Sporotrichosis, Pityriasis Versicolor, Histoplasmosis, Blastomycosis, Tinea Pedis, Tinea Cruris, Tinea Corporis, Tinea Unguiuum, Tinea Barbae, Tinea Manuum, Tinea Capitis

Types of Fungal Infections

For those of us with lymphedema, proper skin care is essential to our health and well being. The skin must be cared for correctly and every effort must be made to avoid fungus and fungal infections. If after all we do, we acquire one, it must be treated promptly. These fungal infections can be catastrophic.

Definition of a fungus:  Member of a class of primitive vegetable organisms. These plants lack cholorphyll, are generally parasitic and reproduce by spores. 

Fungus causing infections can be classified in two distinct groupings. Fungus infections from a mold-like fungi include athlete’s feet, jock itch, ringwowrm  and tinea capitis.

Fungus infections from a yeast-like fungi include diaper rash, oral thrush, cutaneous candida and some genital rashes.

Fungal Infections


Skin Fungus Infections

Types of Fungal infections

Types list: The list of types of Fungal infections mentioned in various sources includes:

Vaginal Candidiasis
Oral thrush
Athlete’s foot
Yeast infections
Ringworm – not a worm but a fungus.

Pityriasis Versicolor

Types discussion: Mycoses can affect your skin, nails, body hair, internal organs such as the lungs, and body systems such as the nervous system. Aspergillus fumigatus, for example, can cause aspergillosis, a fungal infection in the respiratory system.
Some fungi have made our lives easier. Penicillin and other antibiotics, which kill harmful bacteria in our bodies, are made from fungi. Other fungi, like certain yeasts, also can be beneficial. For example, when a warm liquid like water and a food source are added to certain yeasts, the fungus ferments. The process of fermentation is essential for making healthy foods like some breads and cheeses.1

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Fungal infections

diseases caused by organisms of the kingdom Fungi, which includes various genera that may cause disorders with musculoskeletal manifestations (Table 1). These pathogical conditions are discussed in more detail under their specific names.
Fungal infections, Table 1. Various types of fungal infections.

Disease Organism

Actinomycosis Actinomyces species

Nocardiosis Nocardia species
Cryptococcosis (torulosis) Cryptococcus neoformans

North American blastomycosis Blastomyces dermatitidis

South American blastomycosis (paracoccidioidomycosis) Blastomyces brasiliensis

Coccidioidomycosis Coccidioides immitis

Histoplasmosis Histoplasma capsulatum

Sporotrichosis Sporothrix schenkii

Candidiasis Candida albicans

Mucormycosis Mucor species

Aspergillosis Aspergillus species

Maduromycosis (mycetoma) Madurella,Nocardia, Streptomyces species

What are the different types of fungal infection?

When it comes to human body, the term fungus refers to a type of germ that lives on all of us. This germ harmless most of the time, can cause problems occasionally. This is called a fungal infection. Persistent fungal infections may be indicators of an imbalance in the body’s microflora (the small, usually bacterial, inhabitants of gut,skin surfaces and mucous membranes).

What are the different types of fungal infection?


is a type of fungal infection of the hair, skin, or nails. When it’s on the skin, tinea usually begins as a small red area the size of a pea. As it grows, it spreads out in a circle or ring. Tinea is often called “ringworm” because it may look like tiny worms are under the skin (but of course, they’re not!). Because the fungi that cause tinea (ringworm) live on different parts of the body, they are named for the part of the body they infect. Scalp ringworm is found on the head, and body ringworm affects arms, legs, or the chest.
Athlete’s foot

is another type of fungal infection that usually appears between the toes but can also affect the bottom or sides of the feet.
Jock itch

is a fungal infection of the groin and upper thighs. (This usually occurs only in boys and men.)

is a yeast-like fungus. This fungus most often affects the skin around the nails or the soft, moist areas around body openings. Diaper rash in babies is a form of candidal infection, as is thrush, the white patches most often found in the mouths of kids and babies. Older girls and women may develop another form of candidal infection in the area in and around the vagina. This is called a yeast infection




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