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Doctor insights on: Bacterial Vs Fungal Infection

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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

Dr. Michael Dugan
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Fungal Infection (Definition)

Fungal infections are clinical conditions in which a person has an infection due to a pathogen called a fungus (in contrast to infections caused by bacteria, viruses, or parasites). Fungal infections occur commonly on the skin (including Jock Itch and Athlete's Foot) and can also cause more serious infections in those ...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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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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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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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

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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

Dr. Payam Mehranpour
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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


Bacteria (Definition)

Are omnipresent single celled organisms which are the both the simplest form of life and the original form of life on earth. The are ...Read more