Sporotrichosis is a non contagious, infectious fungal disease. It results in ulcers and abscesses of the skin, lymph nodes and lymph channels. It occurs in farm laborers and gardeners most often, especially those handling rosebushes, sphagnum moss, or barberry bushes. It is more common in men, but can affect adults of both sexes.
Causes of Sporotrichosis
Infection is caused by the fungus, Sporotrichum schenckii, that lives in soil, sphagnum moss, weeds and decaying organic vegetation.
Signs and Symptoms of Sporotrichosis
Early stages of Sporotrichosis produce small, movable, non-tender nodules under the skin of the fingers, the nodules enlarge slowly, becomes pink and ulcerate. Later on, dark nodules appear along the lymphatic channel that drains the area, for example the elbow or armpit. A productive cough may develop, but it is unusual. This disease usually stays confined to the initial areas of involvement. It rarely leads to fever, chills or appetite loss.
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