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Fungal Infections Treatment Information
IU Health Infectious Diseases physicians offer expert diagnosis and care of fungal infections, including the following services:
- Blood culture. The first step to diagnose infections is to take cultures. For a blood culture, we draw a small amount of blood then examine it under a microscope for the presence of fungi. Further tests may be necessary to develop an effective treatment plan.
- Sputum cultures. If the infection is in your lungs or airways, a mucus sample provides a clearer picture of the infection. We swab your mouth or throat then examine the sample in the lab. If fungi are present, we may order additional tests to ensure you receive the best treatment for your specific infection.
- Wound culture. If you have an infected injury or wound, we will take a sample directly from the infection site. We study infected tissue under microscopes to identify the cause of the infection, whether it is bacterial or fungal. Cultures are important to ensure you do not receive unnecessary treatment or antibiotics.
- Susceptibility testing. After taking a sample of the infected tissue, we isolate it from your cells to better study it. Our physicians test the effects of different antifungal medications on the fungi to see which one works best at killing the cells. Based on the results of this testing, we create a treatment plan.
- Antifungal medications. Antifungal medications target fungi so that your body’s cells are not affected by the medication. They may come in creams, pills or suppositories depending on the location of your infection. Antifungal medications are effective in treating a wide variety of fungal infections and pose few risks to your overall health.
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Fungal Infections Support Services
Explore the websites below to learn more about types of fungal infections and how you can prevent them.
A Sampling of Fungal Infections Support Services
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
This government website hosts research, education and the latest news on fungal infections.
This online service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health provides health information about the causes and treatments for fungal infections.