Arthrinium is a genus of widespread and ecologically diverse cosmopolitan filamentous fungi that are isolated from plant debris and soil.
The genus arthrinium was described in 1817.
It is a widespread and ecologically diverse fungi that commonly occurs as a saprobe on grass, leaves, stems, and roots of a range of different plant substrates.
On top of being ecologically diverse, arthrinium sp has recently proven to be a plant pathogen.
In 2007, Mavragani et al. concluded A. sacchari causes damping-off of wheat and in 1992, Martínez-Cano et a revealed A. arundinis causes kernel blight of barley.
Furthermore, arthrinium sp has been reported as an endophyte in plant tissues in Ramos et al. 2010, as lichens in He & Zhang 2012, and as marine algae in Suryanarayanan 2012.
Like that isn’t bad enough, it has also proven to be a major cause of cutaneous infections of humans in multiple studies, including Rai 1989, Zhao et al. 1990, and de Hoog et al. 2000.
But that’s not all.
In a study named Klemke et al. 2003, arthrinium sp was proven to be a producer of a range of interesting extrolites, some of which exhibit significant toxicity against human cancer cell lines.
Furthermore, it was also proven to inhibit a broad range of human pathogenic filamentous fungi, yeasts, and bacteria in the two studies: Cabello et al. 2001 and Ramos et al. 2010.
So as you can see, arthrinium can cause a lot of harm.
Arthrinium sp typically leads to cutaneous infections, which have the following symptoms:
Although none of those symptoms are serious, health experts say that cutaneous infections can lead to permanent skin damage if they’re not treated right away.
Since arthrinium sp is developing resistance to antibiotics, there’s no knowing whether the medicines that can treat it today will work tomorrow.
Currently, a skin infection caused by any species of the genus arthrinium is treated with topical antibiotics applied directly to the skin or with oral antibiotics.
However, if the strain of bacteria is resistant to the antibiotics, your doctor may pursue intravenous antibiotics administration in the hospital.
All that being said, unless you’re already suffering from a disease caused by arthrinium sp, you shouldn’t be worrying about the treatment.
You should be worrying about how to prevent the disease.
Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. So why not take safety precautions right now, so you won’t have to face the risk of catching a disease caused by arthrinium sp?
If you’re now wondering what safety precautions we are talking about, disinfecting your home and workplace with a solution that can kill arthrinium sp is all you need to do.
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