Fungus-Caused Disease

∞ generated and posted on 2016.08.29 ∞

For example, aspergillosis, athlete's foot, black mold-associated syndromes, candidiasis (yeast infections, thrush), histoplasmosis, pneumonia, ringworm, valley fever.

A minority of fungi can serve as pathogens of plants or animals, with Fungus-Caused Diseases (or fungal-caused diseases) referred to more formally as mycoses.

Fungal diseases, called mycoses can be difficult to treat owing to the similarities between fungal cells and animal cells. Chemotherapeutics, that is, have difficulty distinguishing between their fungal targets and your own cells resulting in limitations on dosing levels due to toxicities to our own tissues.

Fungus-caused diseases, though, are treated with antifungal drugs and not with antibiotics. Fungal diseases are particularly prevalent among individuals with immunodeficiencies.

Note also that far more diseases are caused by fungi than are listed here, including numerous diseases (especially of plants, e.g., see here) that are caused by fungi. Below are two videos that provide brief overviews of fungal diseases of humans.