FUNGUS INFECTIONS — NONPRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS, HERBAL REMEDIES
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FUNGUS AND YEASTS — AN OVERVIEW
Yeast and molds belong to a broader family of life called fungus, one of the very few “Kingdoms” of life (other Kingdoms are plants, animals, and bacteria). Mildew, bread mold, mushrooms, and toadstools are other types of fungi [plural of fungus, pronounced fun’ji]. The terms “yeast” and “fungus” and “mold” are often used interchangeably even though there are distinctions. The branch of science that studies fungus is mycology.
Some fungus feed off dead organisms, nature’s garbage disposal, while other, parasitic fungus, feed off live organisms. These pathogenic fungus cause plant, animal, and human diseases such as athlete’s foot, swimmer’s ear, ringworm, dandruff, Valley Fever, fingernail and toenail infections, rosacea, and yeast infections.
Typically, fungus sprout from a spore and grow as filaments termed hyphae [pronounced high’-fee] [singular: hypha, pronounced high’-fa], about 5-10 micrometers diameter. (It’s not that there is a main body that produces hyphae, the fungus is the hyphae.) As the hyphae grow they branch repeatedly. Hyphae from individual fungus cells interconnect with hyphae from other cells, forming one large organism termed the mycelium [my-sill-ee-um]. The fuzzy mass of a bread mold is a good example. The whole thing is a single fungus — cut it up into pieces and each piece keeps on living as a single fungus.
Hyphae extend at their tips, while drawing the protoplasm (the internal stuff of the cell) forward as they grow.
Tip growth enables fungus to grow continuously into fresh zones of nutrients and also to penetrate hard surfaces such as plant cell walls, insect cuticle, your skin, etc. This is why fungus are so important as plant pathogens and as decomposer organisms. Fungal cells are strong and rigid. When given the chance, fungal hyphae can grow straight
Yeasts by comparison are unicellular with individual cells being spheroid as seen in the associated photo. Yeast cultures tend to grow in smooth and sometimes shinny masses. Whereas fungus reproduce by producing spores (the tiny spherules in the fungus photo), yeast reproduce by dividing (called “budding” or “fission”) in a fashion similar to animal cells. Many of the yeast cells in the yeast photo can be seen in the process of division.
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