How do we get sick from fungi?

Fungi are microscopic molds, yeasts, and other plantlike pathogens that thrive in wet, warm places like our armpits, our belly buttons, and the dank spaces between our toes. They feed on sweat and dead tissues and produce stinky wastes that irritate our skin. Some fungi reproduce through tiny spores in the air. You can inhale the spores or they can land on you. As a result, fungal infections often start in the lungs or on the skin. You are more likely to get a fungal infection if you have a weakened immune system or take antibiotics.

Fungi can be difficult to kill. For skin and nail infections, you can apply medicine directly to the infected area. Oral antifungal medicines are also available for serious infections.


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