Fungal Disease

About fifty fungal species cause human disease, usually by one of three major mechanisms. First, some fungi cause an immune response, resulting in hypersensitivity (allergic) reactions to the fungi. (The fungi themselves thus act as antigens .) For example, several Aspergillus species can cause asthma and other allergic reactions. The second mechanism is found in fungal species producing poisons or mycotoxins. Aspsergillus flavus grows on improperly stored grain and can produce aflatotoxins that cause tumors in birds and various other animals.

The third disease mechanism is infection. Mycoses (singular, mycosis) are fungal infections found in or on the body. Most mycoses are "nuisance" diseases, although some can be quite serious or even life-threatening. Many of the mycoses are caused by opportunistic organisms, organisms taking advantage of the patient whose defense mechanisms are down (such as persons suffering from AIDS [acquired immunodeficiency syndrome] ). Examples of opportunistic mycoses include histoplasmosis (usually respiratory), Cryptococcus’s (affecting any organ, often the brain), coccidioidomycosis (often respiratory), and candidiasis (the common yeast infection affecting any part of the body). (Candidiasis in the mouth and throat of newborns is called thrush.)

Superficial mycoses affecting the skin, scalp, hair, or nails are spread by contact with infected persons or contaminated objects. These common mycoses are generally self-limiting. Tinea is a categorical term used to describe fungal infections by their location, such as tinea capitis (head, also known as ringworm), tinea barbae (beard), tinea corporis (body), tinea cruris (genital and anal areas, also known as jock itch), tinea pedis (foot, also known as athlete's foot).

  • Role of TLRs
  • Aspsergillus flavus
  • Mycoses

Related Conference of Fungal Disease

October 26-28, 2017

8th Clinical Microbiology Conference

Paris, France
November 29-December 01, 2017

4th World Congress and Expo on Applied Microbiology

Madrid, Spain
July 02-04, 2018

10th International Virology Congress and Expo

Vienna, Austria
February 22-23, 2018

8th Global Summit on Microbiology & Infectious Diseases

Paris, France
June 28-29, 2018

11th Annual Medical Microbiology Summit & Expo

Amsterdam, Netherlands
July 11-12, 2018

2nd International Conference on Microbial Ecology & Eco Systems

Toronto, Ontario, Canada
(10 Plenary Forums 2 days 1 event)
July 11-12, 2018

7th International conference on Environmental Microbiology & Soil Microbiology

Toronto, Ontario, Canada
(10 Plenary Forums 2 days 1 event)
July 16-18, 2018 London, UK

Microbialphysiology 2018

September 10-11, 2018

47th World Congress on Microbiology

London, UK
(9 Plenary forums, 2 days, 1 event)
December 05-06, 2018

8th Annual Congress on Clinical Microbiology

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Fungal Disease Conference Speakers

Recommended Sessions

Related Journals

Are you interested in