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Fungal Infections- Risk Factors

 

 

·         Antibiotic Use

-          Antibiotics are medicines designed to kill harmful bacteria that are causing infection or illness. Sometimes these drugs can also reduce the helpful bacteria that live in the body. When these populations are reduced, fungi may take the opportunity to colonize.

·         Corticosteroid Use

-          Corticosteroids are a group of drugs that reduce inflammation. They effectively treat many skin disorders. Unfortunately, these drugs also can reduce our immune response and improve conditions for fungus growth.

·         Medical Conditions

-          Individuals with diabetes and some cancers, such as leukemia, are more susceptible to fungal infections than the general population.

·         Compromised Immune System

-          The immune system is a set of chemical and cellular responses that attack disease-causing organisms and help prevent their growth. A number of factors can depress this system. These include chemotherapy (cancer-killing drugs) and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS).

·         Environmental Factors & Fungal Infections

-          Fungi require moisture to grow and reproduce. Fungal infections are more prevalent in warm, moist areas of the body, such as the mouth and vagina. Also, sweaty clothes and shoes can enhance fungus growth on the skin. Exposure to fungi is more frequent in communal areas with moisture, such as locker rooms and showers.

·         Hereditary Factors

-          Some people seem to have a genetic predisposition toward fungal infections. They may contract infections more easily than others exposed to the same conditions.

References

MedlinePlus, fungal infection. Avaialable at: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/fungalinfections.html#cat1

Remedy's health communities. Fungal infections. http://www.healthcommunities.com/fungal-infections/risk-factors.shtml

 

 

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