Aureobasidium is a genus of fungi that are cosmopolitan, dematiaceous, and commonly isolated from plant debris, soil, wood, textiles, and indoor air environment.
Although we have known about aureobasidium for a long time, some of its species, such as pullulans, melanogenum, and subglaciale, were discovered only recently in the late 20th century.
What we know so far about aureobasidium is that some of its species like pullulans can cause phaeohyphomycosis, keratomycosis, and eumycotic dermatitis.
Like that’s not bad enough, exposure to A. pullulans via humidifiers or air conditioners can also lead to hypersensitivity pneumonitis (extrinsic allergic alveolitis) or “humidifier lung”.
Hypersensitivity pneumonitis is characterized acutely by dyspnea, cough, fever, chest infiltrates, and acute inflammatory reaction — none of which are serious symptoms.
However, in some cases, the condition can also be chronic and lymphocyte-mediated. Such conditions are categorized radiographically by reticulonodular infiltrates in the lung, with apical sparing.
Furthermore, another species of aureobasidium called mansoni was reported to cause nosocomial meningitis and pulmonary mycosis with sepsis.
Until the early 21st century, what we discussed so far is all we knew about aureobasidium sp.
The latest research on aureobasidium was conducted in the early 21st century, revealing that some of its species can colonize hair, skin, and nails in humans.
Furthermore, the same research also revealed that aureobasidium can even lead to skin infections.
Although aureobasidium sp can lead to several chronic conditions as we discussed earlier, in most cases, it only causes less serious issues like skin infections with the following symptoms:
- Cracks in the skin
- Red or purple patches
- Scaling or shedding of the skin with flakes
- White and flaky substance over affected areas
Although none of those symptoms are serious, some species of aureobasidium can lead to more serious issues that can be fatal if not treated right away.
Since aureobasidium sp is developing resistance to antibiotics, there’s no knowing whether the medicines that can treat it today will work tomorrow.
Currently, there is no standard treatment for infections caused by aureobasidium sp.
In some cases, doctors prescribe antifungal drugs like itraconazole, fluconazole, or ketoconazole, while in other cases, stronger medicines are pursued.
All that being said, unless you’re already suffering from a disease caused by aureobasidium 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 aureobasidium sp?
If you’re now wondering what safety precautions we are talking about, disinfecting your home and workplace with a solution that can kill aureobasidium sp is all you need to do.
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