Periconia is a genus of sac fungi in the order Pleosporales. It is commonly found in soil, grasses, leaf spots, rushes, blackened and dead herbaceous stems.
In 1791, the genus periconia was erected by H.J. Tode, who described the species, P. lichenoides, as a fungus that grows on the stems of plants.
H.J. Tode also said that P. lichenoides produces a globose head on a straight, firm, hair-like stipe that becomes covered with a fuscous powder.
A few decades later after their discovery, more research was carried out to study the relatively newly formed yet mysterious genus of widespread fungi.
Those research studies revealed that some species of periconia have distinguishing spore characteristics and are easily recognizable, while others are not.
Generally, it is difficult to distinguish periconia spores from smuts, myxomycetes, and other round, brown spore types because they look almost identical.
Besides their shape and appearance, those studies also revealed that periconia has over 20 species, most of which are plant pathogens, human pathogens, or both.
Those species that are human pathogens affect our eyes, typically by causing an infection.
Since species of the periconia 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, periconia sp leads to mycotic keratitis — which is a fungal infection of the eye with the following symptoms:
- Eye pain
- Reduced vision
- Increased light sensitivity
- Excessive tearing or discharge from your eye
Although none of those symptoms are serious, health experts say that mycotic keratitis can cause permanent damage to the eyes if it’s not treated right away.
Since periconia 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 antifungal medicine for several months. Patients who do not get better with antifungal drugs may require surgery, including corneal transplantation.
All that being said, unless you’re already suffering from a disease caused by a species of the genus periconia, 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 periconia sp?
If you’re now wondering what safety precautions we are talking about, disinfecting your home and workplace with a solution that can kill periconia sp is all you need to do.
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For more information, contact us to find out how we can help keep your property safe and clean.