Fungal Infections Specialist

Birmingham ID & Infusion

Infectious Diseases Specialists & Infusion Center located in Birmingham, AL

Birmingham ID & Infusion -- located in Birmingham, Alabama -- offers treatment for severe fungal infections. Since serious fungal infections may occur because of a co-existing, immunocompromising disorder, practitioners will collaborate with you to ensure that other underlying conditions, such as HIV, are being addressed and treated. Call Birmingham ID & Infusion today to speak with a practitioner about diagnosing and treating potential fungal infections.

Fungal Infections Q & A

What is a fungal infection?

Fungal infections are quite common and often occur with mild and easily treatable symptoms. However, fungal infections can become an issue if they present in the form of fungal meningitis or infections in the blood.

There are several types of severe fungal infections, including:

  • Opportunistic infections: Fungal infections that affect people with weaker immune systems
  • Hospital-associated infections: Fungal infections that occur in hospital settings, including drug-resistant strains
  • Community-acquired infections: Fungal infections that occur and thrive in distinct geographic areas

Who is at risk for fungal infections?

Although most people are exposed to fungus through the natural environment, you may be more at risk for a serious fungal infection if your immune system is compromised. If you're undergoing chemotherapy, have HIV/AIDS, or have had a bone marrow or stem cell transplant, you may have a greater chance of developing a fungal infection.

How can I tell if I have a fungal infection?

If you suspect that you have a fungal infection, it’s important to contact your doctor for a formal diagnosis. A practitioner can confirm if you have a fungal infection, and recommend treatment to avoid spreading or worsening of the condition.

You may have a fungal infection on your skin if you have signs of:

  • Discolored areas of the skin, especially red, purple, or white areas
  • Flaking or cracking of the skin
  • Pus
  • Rashes
  • Red or white lesions in the mouth
  • Unusual lesions on the skin

Your doctor diagnoses a fungal infection by taking a skin or blood sample to test for the presence of fungi. The sample will be further examined with a microscope to determine what type of fungus is present and to inform treatment options.

What type of treatment addresses fungal infections?

Severe fungal infections are often treated with medication administered through the bloodstream by intravenous infusion.

Doctors will determine medication dosage depending on the severity of the infection, the age and weight of the patient, and any other underlying issues. Often, people will undergo consistent IV treatment until the fungal infection is no longer present in the bloodstream.

It’s important to stay consistent with the treatment until the condition is fully treated to avoid the development of drug-resistant fungal infections. Call Birmingham ID & Infusion today to schedule a consultation regarding an existing fungal infection.