May 23, 2013

Fungi Fancy Feet

1 Humans Are Fertile Gardens for Fungus

The human body is covered in fungus. In fact, say researchers from the National Institutes of Health, we are fertile breeding grounds for hundreds of different types of fungus. For their study, researchers examined 10 healthy volunteers, taking samples from 14 different spots on their bodies. The results: Malassezia fungus is predominant on the head and trunk of the body but the feet, perhaps not surprisingly, provide a home to about 80 different genera of fungi. They also remind us that there can be good fungi that keep the skin healthy. "We have to start thinking about our bodies as ecosystems," said team leader Julie Segre. "Just as many of the foot powders will cause your feet to be less sweaty, when you put on moisturizer you are fertilizing the fungal microorganism garden."

More at NBCnews.com | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Bacterial Cause Found for Rosacea

Tags: Fungus, National Institutes of Health, Skin Fungus, Foot Fungus, Malassezia, Julie Segre

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