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This chapter discusses the principles of medical mycology together with an introductory section on pathogenesis and the methods used to diagnose fungal infections. These are then set in the context of human fungal infections affecting the skin. The commoner superficial mycoses such as dermatophyte and Candida infection are included, together with the rarer subcutaneous mycoses such as sporotrichosis and the deep and systemic infections. The main HIV/AIDS‐related conditions are covered from diagnosis to treatment. The treatment regimens are summarized using simple algorithms and there is a useful glossary of the mycological terms used in the chapter.
Keywords mycoses, superficial, subcutaneous, systemic, laboratory diagnosis, antifungal drugs