Antifungal Agents are the substances which destroy or prevent the growth of fungi. It is one of the antibiotic groups. The most common types are mycoses such as athlete's foot, ringworm, candidiasis (thrush), serious systemic infections such as Cryptococci meningitis.
Antifungals kill off the fungal organism without dangerous effects on the host. Unlike bacteria, both fungi and humans are eukaryotes. Thus, fungal and human cells are similar at the molecular level, making it more difficult to find a target for an antifungal drug to attack that does not also exist in the infected organism. Consequently, there are often side effects to some of these drugs. antifungals are frequently sought after to control mold growth in damp or wet home materials. In medicine, they are used as a treatment for infections such as athlete's foot, ringworm and thrush and work by exploiting differences between mammalian and fungal cells.
Related Journals of Antifungal Agents
Medical Mycology: Open Access, Fungal Biology, Fungal Genetics and Biology, Mycology, Studies in Mycology