‘How did I get this infection?’
‘But if we are all exposed to these fungi why did it infect me?’
As well as thinking about the condition itself – what treatment options are available to you and how you will manage the symptoms, for example – you might well have concerns about how to cope with the impact your fungal infection will have on your day-to-day life, especially as many infections cause chronic disease
Living with a fungal infection doesn’t mean life has to stop, but it will inevitably affect you in different ways.
Antifungal drugs can be taken in the form of an oral capsule, liquid or given as an intravenous injection if the patient is under observation in hospital. Some can cause side effects that are unpleasant and can interfere with other medication you are taking so a clear and open relationship with your medical team is important.
Many people also find their mood and way of thinking changes. It’s not uncommon for someone with a long-term condition to feel depressed or anxious, or to worry about work and finances.