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Roughly 500,00 people are expected to be diagnosed with fungal infections in the United States in 2019. While generally not life-threatening, fungal infections can cause unwanted and discomforting symptoms and be very difficult to kill. Sometimes referred to as yeast or mold infections, they are most harmful to those with weakened immune systems. Fungal infections that ar mild can present as a simple rash. On the other hand, fungal infections in the lungs, such as meningitis or tuberculosis, can be deadly. Thanks to your generous donations, board-certified specialists at Northwestern Medicine continue to advance clinical trials and research to develop new preventive, diagnostic and treatment methods.

Symptoms of fungal infections can range from very mild and almost unnoticeable to severe and on rare occasions life-threatening. Athlete’s foot and yeast infections are two of the most common type of fungal infections. Symptoms that are most often a sign of fungal infections include:

  • Blisters or redness on the affected area.
  • Continuous itching, burning and stinging sensations in the infected area.
  • Peeling, cracking and scaling of the skin in the affected area.
  • Soft layers may begin to break down and flake away.
  • Asthma-related symptoms, night sweats, weight loss and fatigue.

Fungal infections can be present on the skin, hair, vagina, lungs, brain and even bloodstream. While each of these symptoms alone does not necessarily mean a fungal infection is present, it is strongly recommended to seek medical treatment at any number of conveniently located Northwestern Medicine facilities around the greater Chicago area. Diagnosis is most often determined by taking samples of blood, vaginal secretions, urine or sputum. Blood tests and x-rays are also often ordered to diagnose the presence of fungal infections.

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Thanks to our donors, physicians and dermatologists at Northwestern Medicine can employ a host of treatment options to alleviate symptoms and combat fungal infections. These treatment options include topical ointments, gels or salves, as well as oral medications and intravenous medications. In extreme cases, surgery may be warranted to resolve a more serious infection. Your generous donation to help find a cure for fungal infections will ensure that board-certified specialists at Northwestern Medicine continue their quest to advance clinical trials and research to develop new preventive, diagnostic and treatment methods.

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