"Sporotrichosis is a disease caused by the infection of the fungus Sporothrix schenckii. This fungal disease usually affects the skin, although other rare forms can affect the lungs, joints, bones, and even the brain. Because roses can spread the disease, it is one of a few diseases referred to as rose-thorn or rose-gardeners' disease.
Because S. schencki is naturally found in soil, hay, sphagnum moss, and plants, it usually affects farmers, gardeners, and agricultural workers. It enters through small cuts and abrasions in the skin to cause the infection. In case of sporotrichosis affecting the lungs, the fungal spores enter through the respiratory pathways. Sporotrichosis can also be acquired from handling cats with the disease; it is an occupational hazard for veterinarians.
Sporotrichosis progresses slowly -- the first symptoms may appear 1 to 12 weeks (average 3 weeks) after the initial exposure to the fungus. Serious complications can also develop in patients who have a compromised immune system."
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04/13/2013: Kater from Ashland, Mo, Usa: "My son works on the grounds of his college. Got pricked by a rosebush on left ring finger and it swelled and stiffened to the point of not being able to use it last night. Is better today but in reading, he believes he may have a slight case of sporotrichosis which is a fungal disease. Since there is no real opening, wondering what would be good to treat internally to make sure to keep the fungus at bay. Any ideas would be helpful."Replies
04/14/2013: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "Kater, he can dunk his wet finger into green clay or any kind of clay or activated charcoal. These things "pull out" junk. Just don't leave it on for too long at a time as it will be too strong for the finger."