What are the types of mycoses and describe briefly superficial mycoses?

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Mycoses are a type of skin disease caused fungal infections happening on humans and other animals. It often starts in the lungs or on the skin since fungal spores are often inhaled or exposed on the skin surface. There are four types of mycoses which include: Superficial mycoses, cutaneous mycoses, subcutaneous mycoses and systemic mycoses.

Superficial mycoses - are the type of mycoses that happens on the hair shaft and on the outermost part of the skin. No living tissue is invaded by the fungi during the attack. No cellular responses are also expressed by the host during the invasion which is generally the reason why patients are unaware of it. The fungi that produce the superficial mycoses are also called the dermatophytes. Most patients of superficial mycoses were researched to be healthy. 

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