Fungal Culture Test
A fungal culture test is a test that helps to diagnose fungal infections. Fungal infections may occur when you are exposed to fungi. Fungi are plant-like life forms, such as yeasts and molds. Fungi can survive or grow everywhere:
Fungi will not normally make you sick if you are healthy. Yet, there are several hundred different species of fungus that might harm your health. Fungal infections are classified into two types:
Fungal infections on the skin, vaginal region, and nails are examples of superficial fungal infections. They are quite common. These fungal infections are usually not dangerous, but they can produce itchy, scaly rashes and other unpleasant symptoms. The following are superficial fungal infections:
Systemic fungal infections impact tissue throughout the body. The fungus can potentially develop in the lungs, blood, and other organs, including your brain. A systemic fungal infection can affect anybody, but it is less prevalent in healthy persons. In healthy persons, the infection spreads slowly and does not normally spread to other organs.
The most dangerous systemic fungal infections occur in patients who have medical problems that impair the immune system or who require immune-suppressing therapy. These diseases spread quickly and damage several parts of the body.
Systemic fungal infections are as follows:
- Pneumocystis pneumonia .
- Sporothrix schenckii, or rose gardener's disease
A fungal culture test can detect both superficial and systemic fungal diseases.