Curvularia is a genus of hyphomycete fungi which are facultative pathogens typically found in tropical regions, though a few are present in temperate zones.
Curvularia was first described as Acrothecium lunata by Wakker and Went in 1898.
After that, no significant research took place on finding out more about the newly formed genus until 1959, when it was isolated from a mycetoma and first described as a pathogen.
Later on in the late 20th century, extensive research was conducted worldwide to find out more about this mysterious genus of widespread fungi.
Multiple studies revealed that most species of curvularia appear as shiny velvety-black, fluffy growth with brown, geniculate conidiophores on the colony surface.
Furthermore, the same studies also revealed that curvularia can be easily distinguished from Bipolaris and Drechslera spp because their conidia are non-distoseptate.
Lastly, we also found out that curvularia sp is typically present in large amounts in tropical regions. However, some of its rare species are found in temperate zones.
Since species of the curvularia genus can cause several health issues, the symptoms vary completely depending on the condition we are talking about.
However, in the vast majority of cases, curvularia sp leads to skin infections — which have the following symptoms:
- Red skin
- Sores that look like blisters
- A pimple or yellowish crust on top
- Pus or fluid leaking out of the skin
- Pain that gets worse after a few days
- Swelling that gets worse after a few days
Although none of those symptoms are serious, health experts say that skin infections can lead to permanent damage if they’re not treated right away.
Since curvularia sp is developing resistance to antibiotics, there’s no knowing whether the medicine that can treat it today will work tomorrow.
Currently, doctors typically prescribe medicines like amphotericin B, itraconazole, and terbinafine to treat an infection caused by a species of curvularia.
All that being said, unless you’re already suffering from a disease caused by curvularia 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 facing a problem caused by curvularia sp?
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