Fungal Infections.?

August 26th, 2011 by Emily

Question: Fungal Infections.?
AIDS patients usually die from bacterial or fungal infections. Why do so many fungal infections appear in these individuals, and why are the mycoses so severe given the fact that fungi, for the most part, are benign residents of the environment. Name two species of fungi that are particularly harsh on the immunodeficiency patient.

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Answer by B.J. C
The bacteria and fungi for the most part are already living inside the body of most people. As those with HIV progress to a say of immune dysfuntion, the immune system that was keeping them in check can no longer do so. So people living with immunodeficiency often get bacterial/fungal/parasitic infections.

Coccidioidomycosis, Histoplasmosis, and chronic vaginal yeast infections in women are some of the more “common” fungal infections in those with HIV.

For the majority of the population, fungi are not a threat because even a basic functioning immune system should be ready to keep infection/symptoms away.

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