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Is there a difference between antifungal and antimicrobial

A 61-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
22 years experience Cardiology
Yes: Antimicrobial refers to any medicine that kills microorganisms, it encompasses all antibiotics, antivirals, and antifungals. Antifungals are drugs th ... Read More

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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Walid Abuhammour
37 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: Antiseptic are used to clean skin and other materials. Antimicrobials are used for treatment of infections.
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Soap: Antibacterial soap = antimicrobial soap = antiseptic soap
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Soap: Antibacterial soap = antimicrobial soap = antiseptic soap
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience Infectious Disease
No real difference: Originally, an antibiotic was a compound produced by a living organism (fungus, bacteria, etc) that inhibits or kills other organisms. However, that i ... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Yeast infection: Without knowing where and to what extent the Candida is present and what symptoms it is producing it is difficult to answer this. As a general rule, h ... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Linda Spencer
35 years experience Dermatology
Misdiagnosis?: What do you mean precisely by "candida overgrowth"? How was this diagnosed? Four years of prescription antifungal agents is far longer than should be ... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Kathy Robinson
31 years experience Family Medicine
Yes, urologist: If you have an infection that did not clear with antifungal creams then it might be good for you to see a urologist to get a diagnosis.
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Katzenstein
43 years experience Infectious Disease
Could be a long time: I'm not a believer in "digestive candida overgrowth" nor taking antifungals for this condition. But might suggest yogurt.
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Dr. Edwin Ishoo
27 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Pityrosporum folliculitis: Treatment of pityrosporum folliculitis, must deal with both the yeast overgrowth and any predisposing factors, otherwise the condition will recur. Unf ... Read More

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