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Doctor insights on: Bacterial Infection Vs Fungal Infection

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If you have a fungal infection or bacterial infection on your penis will your groin lymph nodes swell?

If you have a fungal infection or bacterial infection on your penis will your groin lymph nodes swell?

They may: Depending on the infection, and the severity of it, the lymph-nodes may get reactive and swell in their efforts to work and help fight off the infection. Fungal infection are usually minor and cutaneous (on the skin) and do not normally achieve lymph node activation. ...Read more

Dr. Qamar Khan
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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


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Sir I am very prone to fungal or bacterial infection, sir I thought due to low immunity, so is there any medicine to enhance immunity?

Sir I am very prone to fungal or bacterial infection, sir I thought due to low immunity, so is there any medicine to enhance immunity?

Depends: There are many different parts to the immune system, and many illnesses that can affect it. Certain types of immune deficiency can be treated, but first you need to be thoroughly evaluated by a physician to determine if there is a measurable deficiency, what it is and what it may be due to. Have you been tested for hiv? ...Read more

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What is the difference between a bacterial or fungal infection?

What is the difference between a bacterial or fungal infection?

Quite a bit: One group is caused by one in a myriad of bacteria and the other is caused by one in a myriad of fungi. Probably need a more focused question to help in 400 characters. ...Read more

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How to tell the difference between a fungal and bacterial infection?

How to tell the difference between a fungal and bacterial infection?

Culture: Culture of the lesion, exudate, biopsy or blood will provide the definitive distinction. Superficial infections may be resolved by microscopic examination of exudate or scrapping. ...Read more

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What is tx for inflamed skin w/ possible fungal or bacterial infection? Skin s in a fold that stays moist, cannot be unfolded.

What is tx for inflamed skin w/ possible fungal or bacterial infection? Skin s in a fold that stays moist, cannot be unfolded.

Yeast or fungal: Fungus or yeast infections are common in fold. This will easily recur. The best option isto clean area with dilute vinegar one teaspoon in a glass of water, followed by mica tin cream and finally diaper paste to decrease wetness and separate skin. You must deal with underlying weight issue with professional help. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is it as similarly possible to detect bacterial and fungal infections in immunocompromised patients as in immunocompetent?

Can you tell me is it as similarly possible to detect bacterial and fungal infections in immunocompromised patients as in immunocompetent?

Yes and No: When you are immunocompromised, we cannot rely as well on things like your WBC (white blood cell count) when determining if an infection is present. However, the gold standard tests for checking for infections, the different cultures (such as a culture of your blood, urine, throat, wound drainage, etc) is as reliable if your immune system is out of whack. SO you may get treated waiting for cxs. ...Read more

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I have brownish/dark maroon patch on my cheek after a pimple caused most probably by fungal/bacterial infection....how can I get rid of the spot?

I have brownish/dark maroon patch on my cheek after a pimple caused most probably by fungal/bacterial infection....how can I get rid of the spot?

Brown spot=No scar: This is the normal skin reaction when healing after inflammation if the patient is tan or has olive or brown skin. Is called PIH. It's not a scar and it willl fade away with time. To speed up the lightening, protect from sun exposure always, and apply twice a day a cream with hydroquinone (never above 4%), glyzirrhiza or licorice glycolic acid or retinoic acid. ...Read more

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Both positive for oral gonorrhoea, not on gentials. No oral sex on its own. I had bacterial and fungal infections on throat. So from him or false +?

Both positive for oral gonorrhoea, not on gentials. No oral sex on its own. I had bacterial and fungal infections on throat. So from him or false +?

Here are some...: Asking the ordering doc is the most direct way to have answer to this Q. But clinically if having no significant symptoms especially no fever or general tiredness, it is logical to repeat culture as soon as possible or just empirically treated for both. Certainly, the reported scenario is not an every-day case. How to Handle Sickness? To http://formefirst. Com/eNewsletter06.html. ...Read more

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Was taking Metronidazole for bacterial vaginosis but it caused severe itching and a foul odour. Does it mean I have a yeast fungal infection instead?

Was taking Metronidazole for bacterial vaginosis but it caused severe itching and a foul odour. Does it mean I have a yeast fungal infection instead?

Maybe, probably not: Yeast infections cause itching but usually not odor. Probably the odor is from the BV itself, even if first noticed after starting treatment. But regardless of odor, the itching could indicate a yeast infection. Allergy to metronidazole unlikely but possible. You also need to be checked for other STDs like gonorrhea, chlamydia, and trichomonas if not yet done. Discuss with your doctor or clinic. ...Read more

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Is my acne caused by bacterial or fungal infection in the pores?

Is my acne caused by bacterial or fungal infection in the pores?

CAUSE OF ACNE: Acne is caused by a plugging up of oil glands in the skin. Too much oil; no way of getting out. Stop nuts and peanut butter, no chocolate. Cut way dowwn on dairy products. Bacteria, not fungus germs, are responsible for the inflammation in these pores. Wash thoroughly with an acne wash 3 times daily. See a dermatologist if it persists. ...Read more

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What tests should be done to determine weather pneumonia is caused by bacterial, viral or fungal infection? Best antibiotic if nature not known?

What tests should be done to determine weather pneumonia is caused by bacterial, viral or fungal infection? Best antibiotic if nature not known?

Wide/spectrum drug: Chest radiograph often helpful for likelihood of organism according to type of pattern. Often alveolar, dense consolidation, bacterial or fungal. Intersitial, made up of lines and dots, usally atypical pneumonia caused by mycoplasma or viral. Pleural fluid collecttions most commonly with bacterial/ tiny pleural effusions mycoplasma. Sputum collection, blood tests, more specific. See physician 4 dx. ...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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Is it safe to use mupirocin from time to time to get rid of bacterial/fungal infections between your toes? (It's the only thing that seems to work.)

Is it safe to use mupirocin from time to time to get rid of bacterial/fungal infections between your toes? (It's the only thing that seems to work.)

Bacteria or Fungus..: If it seems to be working then good for you. Mupirocin is an antibacterial medication. That means that is has no effect of fungal infections. You can use a topical anti fungal in conjunction with the mupirocin for optimum effect. Thank you for using Healthtap. ...Read more

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Other then bacterial and fungal infection, are there any other types of infections that can caused granuloma of lung and nodules and symptoms of cough?

Other then bacterial and fungal infection, are there any other types of infections that can caused granuloma of lung and nodules and symptoms of cough?

Granuloma: Granuloma of the lungs is typically caused by a fungal infection. A doctor may make a diagnosis of granuloma by chest x-ray or, if the granuloma is not apparently calcified, by computerized tomography (ct), which can detect the calcium that isn't evident on the chest x-ray. The images of affected tissue usually show scarring and calcification characteristic of a granuloma. ...Read more

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Scaly, itchy rashes at ankle that turn brownish- fungal/bacterial infection?

Scaly, itchy rashes at ankle that turn brownish- fungal/bacterial infection?

Rash: It would be nice to see what you are asking about, but usually itching indicates fungus. Your best course of action is to see a podiatrist who will assess what you have. Good luck. ...Read more

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How can we identify fungal ear infection separately from Bacterial Infection?

How can we identify fungal ear infection separately from Bacterial Infection?

Cultures: Cultures are the best way to determine if an infection is bacterial or fungal. The appearance of the skin lesions can provide clues as well. ...Read more

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Can women suffering from galactorrhea cause HIV or some kind of bacterial or fungal infection in adults from sucking those breast?

Can women suffering from galactorrhea cause HIV or some kind of bacterial or fungal infection in adults from sucking those breast?

No: An adult sucking a breast with galactorrhea will not cause HIV in either party. Your profile states unprotected sex, if the sex is with multiple partners, that is a greater risk of catching HIV or other sexually transmitted infection. ...Read more

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Light green vaginal discharge cause itching and some pain with no odor and am not sexually active? It is bacterial or fungal infection and what to do?

Light green vaginal discharge cause itching and some pain with no odor and am not sexually active? It is bacterial or fungal infection and what to do?

See the Dr.: You need to be examined; the Dr. Will also likely run some tests on the discharge to determine diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Itchy under breast during pregnancy, is this a bacteria or fungal infection?

Itchy under breast during pregnancy, is this a bacteria or fungal infection?

Likely fungal: It is likely a fungal infection and is not necessarily related to your pregnancy, other than if your breasts enlarged and you have been sweating more, making a fungus more likely. ...Read more

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Black bark fungal or bacterial infection are growing on the midjoint bones of my fingers both of my left hand & right hand?

See a hand surgeon: And an infectious diseases specialist. This can be a very serious issue and may require opinions and input from both specialties. Do not delay with this and hope things turn out well quickly. ...Read more

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Had bacterial/fungal infection which took 6 weeks of treatment, now there are hard skin bumps left underside big toe finger where lesions were present?

Had bacterial/fungal infection which took 6 weeks of treatment, now there are hard skin bumps left underside big toe finger where lesions were present?

Possible scar: Formation: any skin irritation of 6 weeks duration can cause scar formation even after the infection is gone: best idea is to get rechecked by the original treating physician ...Read more

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Initial vagina itch, pee pain stopped. Pap smear -no fungal/ bacterial infection. Burning sensation at vulva persist for 10 days. Lower ab discomfort.?

Get another exam: You may only have a yeast infection on your vulva. To confirm your diagnosis, see your doctor again. Some tests are falsely negative. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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