Fungal diseases are called mycoses and those affecting humans can be divided into four groups based on the level of penetration into the body tissues. (view – How Common are Fungal Diseases)

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Fungal Disease Summaries

  • Superficial mycoses are caused by fungi that grow on the surface of the skin or hair.
  • Cutaneous mycoses or dermatomycoses include such infections as athlete’s foot and ringworm, where growth occurs only in the superficial layers of skin, nails, or hair.
  • Subcutaneous mycoses penetrate below the skin to involve the subcutaneous, connective, and bone tissue.
  • Systemic or deep mycoses are able to infect internal organs and become widely disseminated throughout the body. This type is often fatal.