Who’s at risk of getting a fungal infection?

Who’s at risk of getting a fungal infection?

Have you recently taken antibiotics? Antibiotics can make women more likely to get vulvovaginal candidiasis, also known as a vaginal yeast infection.

Women who are pregnant or those who have weakened immune systems also are more likely to get this condition.

Are you taking any medicine that affects your immune system?

Medicine used to treat conditions like rheumatoid arthritis or lupus may weaken your immune system and increase the chance of getting a fungal infection.

Are you going to be hospitalized? In the United States, one of the most common bloodstream infections in hospitalized patients is caused by a fungus called Candida. Candida normally lives in the gastrointestinal tract and on the skin without causing any problems, but it can enter the bloodstream during a hospital stay and cause infection.

Have you recently had a transplant? People who have recently had an organ transplant or a stem cell transplant have a greater chance of developing a fungal infection since their immune systems are weakened.

Are you receiving chemotherapy or radiation treatments? Cancer treatment, such as chemotherapy and radiation, weakens your immune system and thus may increase the chance you will get a fungal infection

Do you have symptoms of pneumonia that are not getting better with antibiotics?