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Fungal Infections

Fungal infections can cause minor problems, such as a rash, or life-threatening conditions like meningitis. While many people breathe in fungi spores every day without getting sick, if you have a weakened immune system due to a medical condition or a medical treatment you are more susceptible to fungal infections.

It is hard to avoid fungal infections because fungi live throughout our environment in air, water and soil. Most fungi are not harmful to your health, but others can be dangerous and difficult to treat. You can reduce your risk by handling soil and animal droppings carefully when gardening or farming.

Some fungi also live naturally in our bodies, but if these fungi grow too quickly you may get a yeast infection. Because fungi outside your body reproduce by creating airborne spores, most fungal infections affect the skin or lungs. Common fungi include athlete’s foot and Aspergillosis, a lung infection.

Most fungal infections are treated with short-term oral medications or medications applied directly to the skin. However, if the fungal infection enters the bloodstream it becomes a more serious condition that requires a long-term treatment using oral medications. You may or may not be hospitalized during your treatment for fungal infections depending on the severity of your condition and overall health.

Through specialized training and education, Indiana University Health infectious disease specialists have developed an expertise in the treatment and prevention of fungal infections. We provide comprehensive, personalized care to fit your individual needs. Our extensive knowledge and years of experience have made us experts in helping patients who acquire a wide range of infections, patients with suppressed immune systems and world travelers who need to protect their health.

How We Can Help

How We Can Help

Fungal Infections Treatment Information

IU Health Infectious Diseases physicians offer expert diagnosis and care of fungal infections, including the following services:


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