FUNGI QUICK OVERVIEW
Fungi are the most varied microbes that occur in single and complex multicellular forms. They live mainly on the land, in soil or on dead plant matter. Of the thousands of species of fungi, a few can cause human disease. These fungi are responsible for a wide range of illnesses, ranging from minor skin conditions to life threatening diseases. They cause two two kinds of infections: systemic which affect internal organs starting with the lungs and in severe cases spreading to severely damage major organs of the body. Superficial infections affect the surface of the body, skin,nails and hair.
Three types of Fungi
- Single celled microscopic yeasts.
- Multi-cellular moulds.
- Macroscopic ‘mushrooms’.
How Do Fungi Spread?
Wind rain or insects spread the spores that enable fungi to spread. They eventually land in new environments and if the conditions are right they start to grow and reproduce. Fungi often breed in moist areas, such as between the toes, in the crotch or in the mouth.