The study of Fungi as animal and human pathogens is medical mycology. There is also such a thing as veterinary mycology, but the types of diseases that are found in your pets often are the same as those that are found in people. Because of the rarity of human diseases caused by fungi, most people have little, if any, knowledge of such diseases.
The diseases of warm-blooded animals caused by fungi are known as mycoses (sing.=mycosis). Although such diseases are relatively few, the fungi that cause them have a wide host as well as geographical range. Most of these diseases are not fatal, but once contracted, they may forever be a source of constant irritation and can lead to permanent scaring and are not a pretty sight to view.
This is another really fine lecture by George Wong, Department of Botany, University of Hawaii.
A 35-year-old recently walked into my office suffering from a whole list of health problems. She had chronic fatigue, recurrent yeast vaginal infections, itchy ears, dandruff, patchy itchy skin rashes, irritable bowel syndrome, muscle twitching, acne rosacea, malabsorption, headaches, and more.
These symptoms can have multiple causes, but in her case all of these problems were related. They were symptoms of an overgrowth of yeast in and on her body. This patient had such a fungus problem that she was practically a walking mushroom! Read on to find out how sugar and high glycemic foods can literally kill you -- slowly and painfully.
This is a normal - and even healthy - reaction that indicates that parasites, fungi, viruses, bacteria or other pathogens are being effectively killed off. The "additional reading" links below describe the symptoms of "die off" and why it occurs. This is especially true with fungal infestations. When a fungus dies it spews out mycotoxins that make the current symptoms of disease even worse. The cure can only happen after the fact. So it's like an addict ending an addiction. You can't get there without going through the process. This is why when someone starts The Real Diet of Man they may feel ill for a week or two. It's part of the healing process.
For additional reading:
This is link to a pdf document of a research report published by Kansas State University discusses the cause and other aspects of mycotoxins in grains. The author is Tim Herrman. The publication date was May 2002. right off he sates that "The word mycotoxin was derived from mycotoxicosis, which was a term first used in 1955 to describe diseases of animals caused by fungal toxins." It's been 60 years now and the medical community is not yet tuned in.