Last Updated on Jun 19, 2015

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which Doctor Should I Consult for Chromoblastomycosis?

A skin specialist can help in the treatment and control of chromoblastomycosis.

2. Is there a vaccine for chromoblastomycosis?

There is no known vaccine for chromoblastomycosis. The disease is caused due to exposure to fungus from vegetation like decaying wood and contaminated stagnant water. Hence, it can be prevented by avoiding contact with such objects or cleaning up with disinfectants after such contact.

3. Can the nodules of chromoblastomycosis turn into cancerous lesions?

Some rare complications of chromoblastomycosis turning into squamous cell carcinoma have been reported by doctors. It is best to get the disease treated on time with various combinations of the therapy options.


4. Is chromoblastomycosis found worldwide?

Although the fungal skin infection has been reported worldwide, more cases are found in rural areas of the tropical region. Madagascar in Africa has reported the highest incidence of the disease.

5. If my coworker is suffering from chromoblastomycosis, am I prone to the infection?

Risk of getting infected from a coworker with chromoblastomycosis is very less. However, one must be careful with open wounds on the skin as they attract not only fungus but also other kinds of germs.

6. How is chromoblastomycosis related to elephantiasis?

When the fungus infects the lymphatic tissues, the ducts that drain the lymph are obstructed. This condition leads to obstruction of the lymph and fluid retention, causing edema and swelling. Usually, the condition affects the limbs, more often the legs, and is called elephantiasis.

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