|Other names||mycoses, fungal disease, fungal infection|
ICD-10CM codes: Mycoses B35-B49 
|Micrograph showing a mycosis (aspergillosis). The Aspergillus (which is spaghetti-like) is seen in the center and surrounded by inflammatory cells and necrotic debris. H&E stain.|
|Types||Systemic, superficial, subcutaneous|
|Causes||Pathogenic fungus: dermatophytes, yeasts, molds|
|Risk factors||Immunodeficiency, cancer treatment, organ transplant, Tuberculosis, COVID-19|
|Diagnostic method||Based on symptoms, culture, microscopic examination|
|Deaths||1.7 million (2020)|
Mycoses, also known as fungal infections, are infections caused by disease causing fungi, and are traditionally divided into superficial, subcutaneous, and systemic. They include common tinea of the skin, yeast infections such as candidiasis and pityriasis versicolor, and several other opportunistic fungal infections such as systemic candidiasis, aspergillosis and mucormycosis, which are more severe. Signs and symptoms range widely. There is usually a rash in superficial infections. Mycoses within the skin or under the skin may present with a lump and skin changes. Pneumonia-like symptoms or meningitis may occur in deeper infections.
Fungi that cause infections in people include yeasts, molds and fungi that are able to exist as both a mold and yeast. Candida is the most common cause of fungal infection in people, particularly as oral thrush or vaginal yeast infection, often following taking antibiotics. Mycoses occur after spores are either breathed in, come into contact with skin or enter the body through the skin such as via a cut, wound or injection. Fungal infections are more likely in people with weak immune systems. This includes people with illnesses such as HIV/AIDS, and people taking medicines such as steroids or cancer treatments.
Diagnosis is generally based on signs and symptoms, microscopy, culture, sometimes requiring biopsy and aid from medical imaging. Some superficial infections of the skin can appear similar to eczema and lichen planus. Treatment is with antifungal medicines, usually in the form of a cream or by mouth or injection, depending on the specific infection and its extent. Some require surgically cutting out infected tissue.
Worldwide, fungal infections affect more than one billion people every year. An estimated 1.7 million deaths from fungal disease were reported in 2020. Several, including sporotrichosis, chromoblastomycosis and mycetoma are neglected.
Mycoses are traditionally divided into superficial, subcutaneous, or systemic, where infection is deep, more widespread and involving internal body organs. They can affect the nails, vagina, skin and mouth. Some types such as blastomycosis, cryptococcus, coccidioidomycosis and histoplasmosis, affect people who live or visit certain parts of the world. Others such as aspergillosis, pneumocystis pneumonia, candidiasis, mucormycosis and talaromycosis, tend to affect people who are unable to fight infection themselves. Mycoses might not always conform strictly to the three divisions of superficial, subcutaneous and systemic. Some superficial fungal infections can cause systemic infections in people who are immunocompromised. Some subcutaneous fungal infections can invade into deeper structures, resulting in systemic disease. Candida albicans can live in people without producing symptoms, and is able to cause both mild candidiasis in healthy people and severe invasive candidiasis in those who cannot fight infection themselves.
- 1F20 Aspergillosis
- 1F21 Basidiobolomycosis
- 1F22 Blastomycosis
- 1F23 Candidosis
- 1F24 Chromoblastomycosis
- 1F25 Coccidioidomycosis
- 1F26 Conidiobolomycosis
- 1F27 Cryptococcosis
- 1F28 Dermatophytosis
- 1F29 Eumycetoma
- 1F2A Histoplasmosis
- 1F2B Lobomycosis
- 1F2C Mucormycosis
- 1F2D Non-dermatophyte superficial dermatomycoses
- 1F2F Phaeohyphomycosis
- 1F2G Pneumocystosis
- 1F2H Scedosporiosis
- 1F2J Sporotrichosis
- 1F2K Talaromycosis
- 1F2L Emmonsiosis
Superficial mycoses include candidiasis in healthy people, common tinea of the skin, such as tinea of the body, groin, hands, feet and beard, and malassezia infections such as pityriasis versicolor.
Systemic mycoses due to primary pathogens originate normally in the lungs and may spread to other organ systems. Organisms that cause systemic mycoses are inherently virulent.[further explanation needed]. Systemic mycoses due to opportunistic pathogens are infections of people with immune deficiencies who would otherwise not be infected. Examples of immunocompromised conditions include AIDS, alteration of normal flora by antibiotics, immunosuppressive therapy, and metastatic cancer. Examples of opportunistic mycoses include Candidiasis, Cryptococcosis and Aspergillosis.
Signs and symptoms
Most common mild mycoses often present with a rash. Infections within the skin or under the skin may present with a lump and skin changes. Less common deeper fungal infections may present with pneumonia like symptoms or meningitis.
Mycoses are caused by certain fungi; yeasts, molds and some fungi that can exist as both a mold and yeast. They are everywhere and infection occurs after spores are either breathed in, come into contact with skin or enter the body through the skin such as via a cut, wound or injection. Candida albicans is the most common cause of fungal infection in people, particularly as oral or vaginal thrush, often following taking antibiotics.
Fungal infections are more likely in people with weak immune systems. This includes people with illnesses such as HIV/AIDS, and people taking medicines such as steroids or cancer treatments. People with diabetes also tend to develop fungal infections. Very young and very old people, also, are groups at risk.[dead link]
Some tinea and candidiasis infections of the skin can appear similar to eczema and lichen planus. Pityriasis versicolor can look like seborrheic dermatitis, pityriasis rosea, pityriasis alba and vitiligo.
Keeping the skin clean and dry, as well as maintaining good hygiene, will help larger topical mycoses. Because some fungal infections are contagious, it is important to wash after touching other people or animals. Sports clothing should also be washed after use.[clarification needed]
Worldwide, every year fungal infections affect more than one billion people. An estimated 1.6 million deaths from fungal disease were reported in 2017. The figure has been rising, with an estimated 1.7 million deaths from fungal disease reported in 2020.
Fungal infection also constitute a significant cause of morbidity and mortality in pediatric population.
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