Anatomy & Physiology Immune #15

Question

Which statement regarding fungi requires clarification from the professor?

Answers

  1. The vast majority of fungi are harmless.
    • Rationale:

      This statement is correct as the vast majority of fungi are harmless; therefore, this statement does not require clarification from the professor.

  2. Systemic fungal infections impact the skin.
    • Rationale:

      This statement requires clarification from the professor as systemic, not superficial, fungi infection impacts the skin.

  3. Some fungi lead to serious infections for individuals with immunocompromise such as HIV and AIDS.
    • Rationale:

      This statement is correct as some fungi can lead to serious infection, especially for individuals who are immunocompromised; therefore, this statement does not require clarification from the professor.

  4. Fungi that affect humans are classified as cutaneous, subcutaneous, superficial, and systemic.
    • Rationale:

      This statement is correct as fungi are classified as cutaneous, subcutaneous, superficial, and systemic; therefore, this statement does not require clarification from the professor.

Overview

Fungal infections are caused by microscopic fungi. These fungi are common in the environment.

Explanation

Learning Outcomes

Fungi live outdoors on plants and in soil. In addition, fungi can be found on indoor surfaces and on human skin. Mild superficial fungal skin infections can present like a rash and are common. These rashes are not referred to as systemic fungal infections; these infections are found in an individual’s blood.

Test Taking Tip

Ask yourself if each statement is true or false. The false statement requires clarification; therefore, this is the correct answer choice for this question!

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