Cryptococcosis

C. neoformans var. neoformans infection; C. neoformans var. gatti infection; C. neoformans var. grubii infection

Cryptococcosis is infection with the fungi Cryptococcus neoformans and Cryptococcus gattii.

Cryptococcus, cutaneous on the hand

These are Cryptococcus skin lesions. Cryptococcus is a yeast (type of fungus) that seldom causes infection, but is considered opportunistic (it affects people with weakened immune systems). Cryptococcus is one of the more common life-threatening fungal infections in AIDS patients.

Cryptococcosis on the forehead

This is an example of Cryptococcus skin lesions on the forehead. Cryptococcus is a yeast (type of fungus) that seldom causes infection and is considered opportunistic (affecting individuals with weakened immune systems). Cryptococcus is one of the more common life-threatening fungal infections in AIDS patients.

Fungus

Fungal infections are caused by microscopic organisms (fungi) that can live on the skin. They can live on the dead tissues of the hair, nails, and outer skin layers.

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Outlook (Prognosis)

When to Contact a Medical Professional