Australians will make extreme efforts to prevent them from coming into contact with fungi.
Known as "fungal avoiders", they are a group of individuals who become seriously ill if they are near fungi.
Richard Barry, 32, has spent most of his days constantly aware of his surroundings to avoid a reaction.
Barry spent years of his life in doctors' practices trying to find out why he always felt sick and exhausted, Nine News reported.
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A fungal infection in his home was so intense that Richard Barry (photo) started to notice with regard to neurological symptoms
Mr. Barry first began to be affected by fungus when his family moved to a house in Balgowlah, on the northern beaches of Sydney, which had a high humidity (stock image)
At the age of 17, he was diagnosed with chronic fatigue and soon fell into a rabbit cave & # 39; in an attempt to find a cure.
Mr. Barry first began to suffer from mold when his family moved into a house in Balgowlah, on the northern beaches of Sydney, which had a high humidity.
"Fungi would grow very quickly on clothing and there was just a superficial fungus in the bathroom", said Mr. Barry to Nine News.
Despite continuous medical advice and the diagnosis of chronic diseases, the health of the 32-year-old doctor continued to deteriorate.
After years of struggling, Mr. Barry moved to an apartment in Bondi, in the eastern suburbs of Sydney, when he was 27 years old and caused more health problems.
The fungus infestation was so intense that the healthy and fit young man remarked about neurological symptoms.
& # 39; My brains are closed. I literally could not remember what year it was, "said Mr. Barry (photo) when he talked about his fungus-related illness
& # 39; I could hardly talk. I was stuttering. I was completely home-bound. I could not walk to the end of my street. My brain is closed. I literally could not remember what year it was, "said Mr. Barry.
Not long after, Mr. Barry chose to go to Victoria in Budend with his father and eventually found relief from the symptoms.
The 32-year-old immediately noticed a change in his health, ranging from hardly sleeping every night until suddenly perfect sleep.
After reading that fungus could be the cause of some diseases, Mr. Barry thought it was a bit far-fetched.
He began to explore the idea and soon discovered that his health was much better when he stayed away from the toxin.
He has spent the past two years in a tent up and down on the east coast of New South Wales.
Mr. Barry said that the first night he slept in a new tent he bought was the most dramatic shift in his health.
& # 39; It was immediate. My brain felt clearly and I immediately had a memory in my head, "he said.
A study in Australia shows that those who suffered from the disease were due to the fact that their properties had significant amounts of mold (stock image)
A recent survey by the federal government into fungal diseases received more than 100 submissions.
The research in Australia shows that those who suffered from the disease were due to the fact that their properties had significant amounts of mold.
Tenants expressed their concerns after they had difficulty in persuading landlords to take their complaints seriously.
Those with fungus-related illnesses usually have symptoms that affect their respiratory system, such as coughing, watery eyes and skin irritation.
But fungus can also lead to more serious health problems, such as memory loss, insomnia, anxiety and depression.
President of the Australian Institute for Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating Building Physics Special Technical Group Jesse Clark said 'Prevention is better than cure & # 39; when it comes to tackling fungus-related diseases.