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Bacterial Infections That Cause Rashes
White layered dry skin in head. If removed, it turns into black skin like rashes. 6 month before found and treated streptococcus bacterial infection?
Skin cancer?: When a skin lesion fails to heal and not associated with burning or itching, one should get checked for skin cancer. The fact that it was infected 6 months ago might be due to scratching thereby introducing bacteria into the lesion. It is only prudent to see a dermatologist to make sure that it is not a skin cancer. ...Read more
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
My gf was being treated for a vaginal bacterial infection and we had unprotected sex on her last day of treatment. I have a rash now, what can it be?
I took a vaginal gel for a bacterial infection and when I use gels or creams it seems to make me breakout with like a welp like rash is that normal?
No: One or more ingredients in these gels or creams might have induced an allergic contact reaction or an irritant reaction in the area. If you have itching, then allergy is more likely, if burning, irritation is more likely. Consult an allergist or dermatologist. ...Read more
Have a skin rash from my calf to my mid thigh. They are slighlty raided and itch. How do I know if this is a bacterial infection or hypersensitivty?
Can't tell: From your description, it can be neither, please see your doctor, goodluck ...Read more
I had a bug bite that turned to lesion. Bacterial infection was ruled out. It is now responding to anti-fungal cream. However, a rash (bumps/blisters) has developed near the lesion. What should I do?
Allergy: You may be allergic to the anti fungal cream or part of it. ...Read more
I had a rash all on my chest. The doctor gave me Prednisone because they don't know what's causing it. It's back now. Could it be bacterial infection?
A bacterial infection is possible but not common. That said, please have your doctor check for bacterial infection.
If you are not comfortable with your current doctor, ask your family or friends for a different doctor.
Please let me know how things go! ...Read more
Son went to urgent care was told rash on legs was bacterial infection. Followed up with primary dr was told its poison ivy. How can he tell which diagnosis/meds to follow?
Probably poison ivy:
Did he have fever? if no more likely PI
does he have underlying illness such as diabetes? if not more likely PI
Is the lesion diffusely red spreading up the leg, tender and blanching with a tender inguinal lymph node?
if not more likely PI
experience suggests family doctor more likely right thanurgent care. Easier to mistake poison ivy for infection than vice versa ...Read more
I have a rash under my boob. Very itchy. It just showed up yesterday. I've also had a sore throat for about a month now. No bacterial infection.
Several things: Incomplete treatment comes to mind. If you didn't finish your course of antibiotics, you could have grown some resistant bugs. Although not strictly an std, it is possible that a sexual partner could have re-infected you if you had sex during treatment. You might also consider using a probiotic to replenish your natural vaginal flora and re-establish a proper ph. See your ob-gyn for more ideas. ...Read more
Bacteria/opportunist: Bacteria are basic opportunists. They grow & reproduce anywhere they find a source of moisture & nutrients, if a germ like chlamydia or gonococcus are introduced into the female genital tract, they can find plenty of nutrients along the linings. Over time they can produce scarring of the inside of delicate structures like the fallopian tubes & reduce fertility. ...Read more
Not directly: Several pathogenic bacteria known to establish persistent infections, can promote or initiate abnormal cell growth by evading the immune system and creating an environment that can result in cancer (chronic inflammation and production of carcinogenic bacterial metabolites). Helicobacter pylori is a species of bacteria that causes ulcers. If left untreated, this can lead to stomach cancer. ...Read more
Yes but likely viral: Encephalitis, inflammation of the brain, can be caused by viruses, bacteria, fungi, parasites, unknown causes, etc... Patients with identifiable causes usually have viral infections. Herpes types 1 & 2, epstein barr virus, varicella (chicken pox, shingles) virus, polio virus, coxsackie (hand-foot-mouth) virus, or mosquito-borne viruses can cause encephalitis. ...Read more
Bacterial infection: This is rather unlikely. Do not know what "too much" means, but probiotics usually contain lactobacillus and bifidobacteria but certain yeasts and bacilli may also be used. There have been reports of sepsis with some of these organisms in patients with profoundly impaired immune function, but this will seldom or ever affect a normal individual. ...Read more
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
Yes, meningitis: If somebody get bacterior infection in the covering of the brain, they could endup with what looks like a stroke--like a rigid paralysis--i assume you are talking on side of the body--also infection in spine or joints can paralyse a limb by differend mechanism, rigid or not. ...Read more
Sepsis: If you develop systemic infection (sepsis), then definitely yes. This is called ascending cholangitis and can be very serious and life threatening. ...Read more
Hi, Thank you for your question.
A yeast infection happens when there's a change to the normal flora. You can get it if you are immunocomprised or after taking antibiotics. Some people even get it due to stress. Any change to your normal self puts you at risk to get other infections as well.
Hope that helps. Contact me if you have any other questions :-)
Dr. M ...Read more
If you were sented tampons can that affect your pH balance and cause bacterial infections to come back?
Scented tampons: Yes, the scented tampoons may cause bacterial infection. ...Read more
Does increase in neutrs cause lymphocytopenia does this mean that neutrs r fighting a bacterial infection or is it the lymphs loosing a viral fight?
Assumption incorrect: Increase in NUMBER of neutrophils does not affect the NUMBER of lymphocytes, but perforce reduces the PERCENTAGE of white blood cells which are lymphocytes. ...Read more
STDs?: The common causes for urethral discharge are STDs, notably chlamydia &/or gonorrheal infection. To verify what may cause your urethral discharge, follow suggestion in articles listed in How to Handle Sickness in http://formefirst. Com/onDealSickness. Html. Thereby you gain insight on how to work well with the doctors so to reach right diagnosis for right care. ...Read more
Poor diet: The fuel that you take in is as important for you as it is for your car. Would you risk poor fuel for your car? Stick to "god made" food and leave the "junk" alone. Your immune system requires energy and that comes from oxidation-----the equivalent of burning gas in a car cylinder. Wrong gas, poor engine performance. Empty calories make you sick. ...Read more
?? BV: If you are refering to bacterial vaginosus (bv), it is an overgrowth of gardnerella vaginalis, a bacteria present in the vagina in over 70% of women. When that bacteria overgrows, it typically cause a yellow, gray, or greenish discharge and a fishy odor. It is easy to treat, but sometimes will recur because the treatment does not eliminate the bacteria, it only restores the normal balance. ...Read more
It varies: Changes in vaginal ph (acid/base balance) can lead to bacterial vaginal infection. The ph of the vagina is normally 4 and the ph of menstrual blood is 7.4 which can lead to bacterial overgrowth. Using vaginal douches can also alter vaginal ph by removing lactabacilli, the organisms that fight off vaginal bacterial infection. The ph of semen is 8 which can also alter vaginal ph. ...Read more
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