Published on 09/23/2019
Anyone can get a fungal infection, even people who are otherwise healthy. People breathe in or come in contact with fungal spores every day without getting sick.
However, in people with weak immune systems, these fungi are more likely to cause an infection. You can learn more about the signs, symptoms, and treatment of fungal infections and get prevention tips by visiting CDC’s fungal diseases website and by talking with your healthcare provider.
It is estimated that superficial fungal infections affect roughly 20-25% of the world population. The dermatophytoses are dermatomycoses caused by a specific group of fungi known as ringworms or tineas, comprising the genera Microsporum, Trichophyton, and Epidermophyton.