Common Diseases in Human Beings - Fungal Diseases



  • Fungal diseases
  • Ringworm (Dermatophytosis)
  • Athlete’s foot


Fungal diseases:

Fungi were recognized as a causative agent of human diseases much earlier than bacteria.

1) Ringworm:

  • Ringworm is one of the most common fungal diseases in humans.
  • Dermatomycosis is a cutaneous infection caused by fungi belonging to the genera Trichophyton, Microsporum, and Epidermophyton.
  • The appearance of dry, scaly lesions on various parts of the body such as skin, nails, and scalp are the main symptoms of the disease. These lesions are accompanied by intense itching.
  • Heat and moisture help these fungi to grow and makes them thrive in skin folds such as those in the groin or between the toes.
  • Ringworms of the feet are known as Athlete’s feet caused by Tinea pedis.
  • Ringworms are generally acquired from soil or by using clothes, towels, and combs used by infected persons.

    Symptoms of ringworm

    Symptoms of Athlete’s foot

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