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Can a vaginal yeast infection possibly cause sepsis in a person with Lyme disease (immune system)?

Can a vaginal yeast infection possibly cause sepsis in a person with Lyme disease (immune system)?

Not related: Yeast infection does not usually lead to sepsis until you are severely immune-compromised. Whether you have lyme disease or not has no bearing on this issue. ...Read more

Dr. Tracy Lovell
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Autoimmune Disease (Definition)

In auto immune disease the enemy is from with in . As name implies "auto" is self and "immune " is immune system . One 's own immune system for unknown reason turns against self and destroys or damages tissues or cells . List of auto immune disease are many and growing . End result is destruction of of tissues such as thyroid , pancreas or cells such as white ...Read more


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Are chlamydial infections a genetic disease?

Are chlamydial infections a genetic disease?

No: Chlamydia is an infectious disease, not genetic. It's acquired by contact with other people who have it. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms and mucus appearance due to fungal lung infection (vs. Bacterial or viral)? How are fungal lung infections diagnosed?

What are the symptoms and mucus appearance due to fungal lung infection (vs. Bacterial or viral)?  How are fungal lung infections diagnosed?

Diagnosis: Mucus appearance does not give us diagnosis nor really give us a clue as to type of most of the time even the presence of infection. Lung infections with fungi are diagnosed when a person who had been to an area endemic for a fungus presents with symptoms, cxr taken, some clues are seen, and either a titer (blood reaction) or sputum by expectoration or fob, stains positive and grows the fungus. ...Read more

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Molecular mimicry is a possible cause of some forms of autoimmunity due to bacterial infection..Do fungal/viral infections ever cause autoimmunity?

Molecular mimicry is a possible cause of some forms of autoimmunity due to bacterial infection..Do fungal/viral infections ever cause autoimmunity?

Molecular mimicry: Why yes viral infections certainly do display molecular mimicry. Most commonly are the herpesvirus family (herpes simplex, varicella, cmv, ebv...16 in all). That is why these viruses remain latent within us and if the immune system is disrupted by acquired immunodeficiencies (age, chemotherapy, HIV or other viral infections) these viruses then reactivate. ...Read more

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Can bacterial infection cause gallbladder disease?

Can bacterial infection cause gallbladder disease?

Gallstones: Gallstones are formed in the gallbladder and may not cause symptoms . Gallstones in the gallbladder are associated with bacteria in the bile and if the bile in the gallbladder gets infected it causes cholecystitis which makes you very unwell and requires surgery to remove the gallbladder. ...Read more

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Is prednisone for viral or bacterial lung infection?

For none: Prednisone is not for any type of infection; in fact it can increase the risk and severity of infection. ...Read more

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Is erythematosus lupus a viral infection treated by shingles antibiotic?

Is erythematosus lupus a viral infection treated by shingles antibiotic?

Not a virus yet: Systemic lupus erythematosis is an autoimmune disease where antibodies are directed at one`s own tissues including joints, skin, kidneys, lungs and even brain. While we now have excellent treatments for this once commonly fatal disease, we do not know the trigger or triggers that set off the immune system. Even though infectious agents are suspected, none have as yet been identified or treated. ...Read more

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Can viral infection cause gallbladder disease?

Can viral infection cause gallbladder disease?

Sometimes : Or it may manifest after a viral illness. Takes gallstones about a year to develop. ...Read more

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Can fungus infections cause lung infections?

Can fungus infections cause lung infections?

Yes: Its not very common, but fungus can cause lung infections, its more common in people whose immune system is down "due to aids for example".. ...Read more

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Can plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) (for autoimmune disease) cause increased infections?

Can plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) (for autoimmune disease) cause increased infections?

Not commonly: Unlike many meds used to treat autoimmune diseases (immune modulators that suppress the immune system) Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) has an antiinflammatory effect on autoimmune dss. So the risk of infections (seen with immune suppression) is uncommon. Major concern with this drug is effect on vision. Regular eye exams are recommended. ...Read more

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Is Lyme disease viral or bacterial? Is the organism that causes Lyme disease virus or bacteria?

Is Lyme disease viral or bacterial? Is the organism that causes Lyme disease virus or bacteria?

Bacterial: Lime disease is caused by an infection with a bacteria called borrelia burgdorferi, a spirochete. It is spread by the bite of a tick that has acquired the germ. ...Read more

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Is a fungal infection a yeast infection? Or are there different types of fungal infections. I'm referring to a fungal infection of the mouth.

Fungal infection: Yes, fungus, yeast are the same. There are many different types, from the more common thrush, to the more rare but destructive less known fungal infections like histoplasmosis and others. The usual in the mouth is Candida Albicans or thrush. ...Read more

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Can untreated hashimoto disease weaken immune system and cause several bacterial / viral infections the past several months?

Can untreated hashimoto disease weaken immune system and cause several bacterial / viral infections the past several months?

Thyroid function?: If your thyroid function is normal , then there should be no problem with your immune system. Even if the thyroid function were low, the immune function is not usually impaired. ...Read more

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Can parasitic infection cause gallbladder disease?

Can parasitic infection cause gallbladder disease?

Yes, rarely: There are a few types of parasitic worms that are capable of getting into the liver and bile ducts. This happens almost exclusively outside of the United States. ...Read more

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Could leukocytosis cause viral and bacterial infections?

Could leukocytosis cause viral and bacterial infections?

The other way around: Leukocytosis is an abnormally high number of white blood cells in the blood, as measured on a blood test. Both viral and bacterial infections can sometimes cause high numbers of white blood cells (wbc's) or low numbers of wbc's (leukopenia). Unusual leukocytosis, not caused by an infection, can be due to a bone marrow problem such as an early stage of leukemia. A doctor can further evaluate. ...Read more

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How common are secondary bacterial infections or sepsis with a mono infection?

How common are secondary bacterial infections or sepsis with a mono infection?

Not quantified: Secondary bacterial infections are common enough to make most of the lists of complications of ebv that leads to infectious mononucleosis, but i could not find that a case rate had been published at this time (i.e. A percentage of cases that develop secondary infections). The illness does cause relative immune compromise through splenic inflammation and neutropenia in some cases. ...Read more

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Do autoimmune diseases normally cause inflammation?

Do autoimmune diseases normally cause inflammation?

Abnormally: The basis of autoimmune disease is inflammation. No inflammation then no autoimmune disease or autoimmune disease that is under control. ...Read more

Autoimmune (Definition)

The immune system developed to tell our own, normal cells (self) from foreign and abnormal cells (non-self). This lets the immune system eliminate viruses, bacteria, fungi and cancer cells from our body without harming normal cells. Sometimes the immune system fails to tell self from non-self and it attacks normal cells, for example in ...Read more


Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more