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Overview of Fungal Infections - Chapter Summary
Feel confident in your understanding of fungal infections by watching the informative lessons in this entertaining overview. Whether you hope to learn more about histoplasmosis or candidiasis, this self-paced chapter can help! All lessons are available as short videos that average 8 minutes each or full transcripts you can print or read online. Study using your preferred lesson format, and check your knowledge by taking multiple-choice quizzes. The Dashboard tracks your progress and lets you submit lesson topic questions to our experts. Once you've completed this chapter, you will be ready to:
- Describe the infections and symptoms of cryptococcus neoformans and cryptococcus gattii
- Define histoplasmosis and list infections caused by histoplasma capsulatum
- Discuss symptoms and fungal infections associated with aspergillosis
- Share the definition of pneumocystis pneumonia
- List and describe yeast infections caused by candida albicans
- Provide the definition of ringworm and discuss infections caused by trichophyton and microsporum fungi
1. Cryptococcus neoformans and gattii: Infections & Symptoms
A fungus that commonly grows on pigeon droppings can cause meningitis. In this lesson, we will look at the yeast Cryptococcus, and its ability to cause disease in humans unfortunate enough to breathe it in.
2. What is Histoplasmosis? - Infections Caused by Histoplasma capsulatum
Raising backyard chickens can be a fun and rewarding experience, but you might end up raising more than just chicks. In this lesson, we will explore the world of Histoplasma capsulatum, a pathogenic fungus that can grow on chicken feces.
3. What is Aspergillosis? - Fungal Infections & Symptoms
Human fungal diseases are rare and usually don't cause symptoms in healthy people. In this lesson, we'll discuss Aspergillus, a disease-causing mold, and the different infections and symptoms it can cause in susceptible hosts.
4. Pneumocystis Pneumonia: Infections Caused by Pneumocystis jiroveci
AIDS patients have a lot to worry about. In this lesson we examine Pneumocystis jiroveci, the fungal pathogen that can cause life-threatening pneumonia in AIDS patients due to their compromised immune function.
5. Candidiasis: Yeast Infections Caused by Candida albicans
Your body is teeming with microorganisms that normally live in perfect balance without you ever knowing they are there. Candida albicans is one fungal member of this group, but upset the balance and Candida can cause some very unpleasant diseases.
6. What is Ringworm? - Infections Caused by Trichophyton & Microsporum Fungi
Ringworm is a common pathogen that infects the skin, hair, and nails of people and animals. This disease is not caused by a worm, however. In this lesson we will examine the fungus that causes ringworm and its impact on human health.
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