Fusarium is a genus of widespread filamentous fungi that are part of a group often referred to as hyphomycetes. Species of this genus are pathogens of plants, animals, and humans.
In 1809, a scientist named Link introduced the genus fusarium.
A few decades after the discovery of the new genus, a new species called banana fusarium wilt was first discovered in Australia by Bancroft in 1874.
The new species caused outbreaks in tropical America, Costa Rica, and Panama from the 1870s to the 1890s. Since it hit Panama the worst, the disease became popularly known as Panama disease.
Later on in 1935, a paper called “Die Fusarien” was published by Wollenweber and Reinking, describing 65 species, 55 varieties, and 22 forms of fusarium.
Although most of its species are harmless, some are not. Species like wilt banana, oxysporum, and graminearum are popular pathogens of plants, animals, and humans.
Since different species of the genus fusarium can lead to different health issues, the symptoms vary depending on the condition we are talking about.
For instance, some species of fusarium can lead to onychomycosis, which is an infection of the ears. It typically has the following symptoms:
- Foul smell
- Brittle nails
- Thickening of nails
- Scaly or dry skin around the nails
- Discoloration of nail to white, black, yellow or green
- Discoloration of nail bed and skin around the nail to white or yellow
Whereas, other species of fusarium can cause keratomycosis, which is an infection of the eye. Patients of keratomycosis experience the following symptoms:
- Eye pain
- Eye redness
- Eye discharge
- Blurred vision
- Sensitivity to light
- Excessive tearing
Although none of those symptoms are serious, health experts say that if an infection caused by fusarium sp is not treated right away, it can lead to permanent damage to the infected body part.
Since fusarium sp is developing resistance to antibiotics, there’s no knowing whether the medicine that can treat it today will work tomorrow.
Currently, doctors typically pursue combination therapy of terbinafine and amphotericin B to treat an infection caused by any species of the fusarium genus.
All that being said, unless you’re already suffering from a disease caused by fusarium 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 disease caused by fusarium sp?
If you’re now wondering what safety precautions we are talking about, disinfecting your home and workplace with a solution that can kill fusarium sp is all you need to do.
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