90th FVMA Annual Conference
Fungal dermatitis is a common infection in veterinary dermatology. Fungal infections may occur secondary to overgrowth of normal fungal commensals in the face of skin barrier disruption, inflammation of the skin or systemic immunodeficiency. Opportunistic infections caused by saprophytes are also possible in both immune-competent and immune-suppressed hosts. This lecture will review the classification of organisms into the kingdom, fungi, as well as normal fungal habitats, reproduction, methods of host-invasion, and normal host immune response to fungal infection. Additionally, organisms which behave similarly to fungi will also be discussed: oomycetes (e.g. Pythium, Lagenidium, and Paralagenidium sp.).