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Fungal Infection

Fungal Infections

Herbal treatments for body fungus, including skin fungus and systemic fungal infections.

Nutrition plays a major role in skin and bone health. Healthy skin and bones are a result of a well-functioning, synchronized effort by the immune system, tissues and organs in the body to provide skin support, help to maintain the skin’s ability to withstand and repair the effects of topical skin wounds, scars, burns, environmental exposure to toxins, antigens and microorganisms, bacterial and viral.

Fungal infections affect cats and dogs just like they do in humans. Most parasitic fungi live as organisms in the soil - decaying leaves, plants, feces and animal matter. 

There are several types of fungal infections and these include:

Blastomycosis is caused by the fungal organism. Blastomyces dermatitidis which breeds in moist soil that is rich in bird or bat droppings. This infection develops when the fungal spores are inhaled and typically affects one or all of the body systems – for example, the respiratory system, nervous system, musculoskeletal system and the skin. It is common in dogs but rarely cats.

Common symptoms and signs include coughing, fever, rapid breathing, pneumonia, lesions or seizures.

Candidiasis is common in both dogs and cats, and is caused when there is an overgrowth of candida in the body of the animal. It may develop in one specific part of the body or spread to the entire body. It typically affects the skin, gastrointestinal system including the oral cavities. Common symptoms include white, cotton-like growths in the mouth, crusty skin lesions, fever or diarrhea.

Coccidiomycosis is caused by the Coccidiodes immites organisms and affects the respiratory organs but can spread to other parts of the body. It affects dogs and cats, but tends to be more common in young, large-breed, male dogs.

Cryptococcosis is caused by a yeast-like fungus, Cryptococcosis neoformans found in contaminated soil of bird droppings. Although, it affects both cats and dogs, cats are more predisposed to this infection. This infection occurs as a result of inhaling fungal spores and affects the upper respiratory system, nervous system and the eyes. Common symptoms include coughing, sneezing, breathing difficulties, nasal discharge and drainage, swelling of the eye, trouble walking, and circling as well as movement discoordination.

Cryptococcosis can be quite severe, infecting the nervous system and eyes.

Cryptococcosis is a localized or systemic fungal infection caused by the environmental yeast, Cryptococcus. This fungus grows in bird droppings and decaying vegetation, and is generally associated with Eucalyptus trees.

However, it is found worldwide and some areas of southern CaliforniaCanada and Australia have been found to be more prone to the fungus.

The fungus is contracted through the dog's nasal passages and then passes into the brain, eyes, lungs, and other tissues. It is usually rare in dogs.

The condition or disease described in this medical article can affect both dogs and cats.

Symptoms

Symptoms will vary and depend greatly on the organ systems affected by the fungus. However, animals may have a history of problems for weeks or months, be especially sluggish, and (in less than 50 percent of animals) have a mild fever. Other symptoms include:

Nervous system signs — seizures, wobbly, uncoordinated or “drunken” movements weakness, blindness

Skin ulceration

Enlarged lymph nodes

Vomiting and diarrhea

Lack of appetite

Nasal discharge

Causes

The Cryptococcus yeast is usually inhaled through the nasal passages. Occasionally, these organisms may reach the terminal airways, although it is unlikely.

It can also infect the stomach and the intestines, entering through the gastrointestinal tract.

Dermatophytosis (ringworm) is caused by fungal spores in the environment and typically develops on the skin as lesions. It is highly contagious and affects both dogs and cats. Common symptoms include red, raised, crusty skin and circular patches of dry skin with hair loss.

Histoplasmosis is caused by Histoplasma capsulatum organism which can be found in organically enriched soil or bird manure. This infection develops when contaminated dust is inhaled and affects dogs, cats and humans. It affects the respiratory system starting in the lungs and then spreading to other parts of the body such as the spleen, gastrointestinal tract, bone marrow, liver and eyes. Common symptoms include coughing, fever, diarrhea, weight loss, lameness, skin changes and depression.

Animals often develop these infections through ingestion or inhalation of the soil or the air. These infections range from mild skin infections to debilitating, often life-threatening systemic diseases.

Herbal Remedies:

Herbal and marine treatments have been used for millennia to treat dermal fungal infections and maintain skin health in animals, to promote a healthy skin,  shiny, glossy coats and a healthy immune response, to maintain liver healthy, to help reduce the risk of infection and to treat the presence of bacterial infections.

Seal ‘Em & Heal ‘Em – (learn more) promotes healing for all types of wounds, including hot spots, abrasions, bites, cuts, scrapes, skin irritations, infections, hemorrhaging conditions, ulcers, provides cellular support of tissue, skin and coat, for gastrointestinal distress, as a neurasthenic that blocks the activation of nerve fibers and tissue response to inflammation, supporting the body's tissue repair mechanism to stop mutations, and in the treatment of all types of Lyme disease, including Lyme borealis, burgdorferi, borreliosis and Chronic Lyme disease (CLD).

Stix & Stones – (learn more) promotes kidney function, helps to break up kidney, liver, gallbladder and bladder stones and gravel (active stones, crystals and as a preventative), helps to safely remove stones from the body; treats urinary infections, for kidney and liver disease, tones and balances kidney, liver, intestine, pancreas, gall bladder function and health, reduces uric acid levels in urine, increases urination, blocks the formation of calcium oxalate, provides pH modulation, for urinary system disorders and pathologies and for hepatic insufficiency.

I’m Allergic to Needles! – (learn more) is used for proper pancreatic support, health and function, charged with producing proper insulin levels, for all types of diabetes I and II, to reduce glucose levels in blood and for insulin resistance, to improve the glycemic index in pets with diabetes, to regulate metabolic stress, and maintain proper liver metabolism, circulation, bile production and flow, for hepatic immune function, useful in regulating excess weight and fatty deposits.

Feed your pet a high quality, natural diet that contains all the essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients

Always ensure that your pet has clean, fresh water

Exercise your pet regularly for his overall health and wellbeing

Disinfect food and water bowls as well as your pet’s living area

Incorporate immune-building supplements to your pet’s diet to boost his immune system

Make sure that your dog or cat has annual veterinary check-ups and regular vaccinations

Avoid exposing your pet to areas containing fungal spores

Related Products:

Shake Ur Groove Thing! – (learn more) promotes healthy bowel function and purification, gentle parasitic detoxification and body clarification, used for cramping, pain, constipation, gas and bloating, supports correct balance of intestinal flora and helps calms the digestive system, for anal fissures, fistulas, hemorrhoids, food allergies and hypersensitivities, as a general skin support, and provides a healthy solution for waste and toxin removal, including pesticides, environmental toxins, chemicals related to flea and tick products and drugs regimens such as NSAID’s and synthetic glucosteriods and corticosteroids.

Break It Up! – (learn more) eliminates liver, kidney, bladder and gall stones, crystals, grains and gravel (calcium oxalate, struvite, uric acid, cystine, calcium phosphate and silica stones ) with less pain and safely removes them from the body; for bladder and kidney infections and diseases, balances and normalizes liver enzyme levels, reduces uric acid and increases urination, for cystitis and prostatitis, infectious hepatitis and leptospirosis, Fatty Liver Disease, (hepatic lipidosis), Feline cholangiohepatitis, Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD), Feline Urological Syndrome (FUS), Feline Immunodeficiency Virus Infection (FIV), Leaky Gut Syndrome, Intestinal Dysbiosis and Intestinal Hypermerability.

Conventional Remedies:

The diagnosis of fungal infection is based on the symptoms presented and physical examination. Certain laboratory tests such as viewing the organism under a microscope, x-rays, smears collected from the skin, needle aspirations from the lungs, or biopsy of the intestines may be performed. Additional tests may also be performed to rule out any other health disorders.

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Diagnosis

Your veterinarian will be making a diagnosis based on findings from the following tests:

Samples will be taken from the nasal passages, or a biopsy from the bumpy tissue that protrudes from the nasal passages; flushing the nose with saline may dislodge infected tissue

Biopsy of skin lesions of the head

Aspirates of affected lymph nodes

Blood and urine cultures

Blood tests to detect the presence of Cryptococcus antigens

If your dog is showing symptoms of neurological disease, a spinal tap and examination of cells will need to be done

Treatment depends on the type of fungal infection, the severity of the infection and your pet’s overall health. Your vet may prescribe anti-fungal shampoo or creams, or fungicidal antimicrobial medications. In more serious case, surgery may be performed and intravenous fluids administered. These medications can be very costly and may have some harsh side effects.

 

 


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