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Are fungal infections worse with people with diabetes?

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Dr. Emily Lu
Dr. Emily Luanswered
Family Medicine 7 years experience
Yes: Diabetic patients are much more susceptible to fungal infections from superficial skin infections to gas-producing urinary tract infections to a severe sinusitis. In general though, infection risk in diabetic patients seems to be minimized by proper glycemic control.
Dr. Thomas Heston
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Not always: Certain fungal infections, such as vaginal candidiasis, are more common in diabetes, but not all types of fungal infections are more frequent in diabetics (http://sgoti.Ws/ouktrx). Some types of fungal infections, such as seen in invasive otitis externa, are almost exclusively found in diabetics (http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/19069086).

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Last updated Apr 20, 2014

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