Fungal infections

The characteristics, diagnosis and epidemiology of fungal infections in humans

Fungal infections in humans can range from common, mild superficial infections such as athlete’s foot and thrush (both vaginal and oral) to serious life-threatening diseases such as invasive aspergillosis.

Most fungi are free living in the environment and few of these are capable of causing infection in an otherwise healthy individual but can be responsible for life-threatening infections in patients with lowered immunity.

For symptoms and general information on athlete’s foot and thrush, visit NHS.UK.

Laboratory services

UK Clinical Mycology Network

Mycology reference laboratory (Mycology RL)


  1. Candidaemia: annual data from voluntary surveillance

Guidance on testing, management and infection control

Published 1 March 2013