Chromomycosis

Below you will find more information about Chromomycosis from Medigest. If you believe that you are suffering from any of the symptoms of Chromomycosis it is important that you obtain an accurate diagnosis from a medical professional to ensure that you obtain the correct medication or treatment for your condition. There are medical conditions that carry similar symptoms associated with Chromomycosis and therefore the information provided by Medigest is offered as a guideline only and should never be used in preference to seeking professional medical advice. The information relating to Chromomycosis comes from a third party source and Medigest will not be held liable for any inaccuracies relating to the information shown.

Definition

Chromomycosis, also known as chromoblastomycosis, is a fungal infection common in places of tropical climate. It can be caused by different types of fungi that thrive under the skin and spreads slowly and becomes difficult to treat.

Diagnosis

Chromoblastomycosis is diagnosed by scraping the lesion and adding potassium hydroxide on it, then observing it under a microscope. What the doctor looks for are the Medlar bodies or sclerotic cells which are active in the lesion. The fungal scrapings are also cultured to determine which organism is involved in the infection.

Characteristics and Features

Chromoblastomycosis is a "silent infection" whose symptoms are often unnoticed. The infection it makes take up a number of years and afterwhich a small red papule appears. It is usually not painful until the infection causes complications.

Complications

Once the fungi infection has started to spread, it may go deep inside the skin and subcutaneous tissue. It may as well spread through the blood and lymph vessels creating metastatic lesions at different sites. Chromoblastomycosis may also cause bacterial infection and may develop into lymph stasis and elephantiasis.

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