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Why do alternative health practitioners test for candidiasis while traditional mds don't focus on it as a condition effecting the GI system?
Candidiasis: In a person with a competent immune system(no hiv, immune suppressing drugs, cancer on chemotherapy) there is no reason to test for candidiasis. The term implies disseminated or widespread disease. In the person with the competent immune system, this simply will not be the case. Across the board testing of all patients is therefore not warranted. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
3wks ago was prescribed bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) for skin infection few days later itchy rash grows under l breast. Is it b/c the medicine? Never had this b4 look like cutaneous candidiasis had 3 HIV test all negative
Blood culture: If you read the reports a few decades ago that multiple diseases could be caused by candidiasis , there is not such a test or such an entity. But if you have an impaired immune system . You may be susceptible to candida infection including a systemic one in which candida can be cultured from the blood. You will be likely very ill when and if this indeed happens. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Re-occurring balanitis: what tests can be done to find exactly what possible type of candidiasis this is? What are all the possibilities it could be?
Balanitis: The question isn't really subtyping the fungal organisms as most are sensitive to topical antifungal such as nystatin. The real issue is why you particularly are getting recurring fungal infections. Diabetics, particularly the uncircumcised, tend to get recurring fungal balanoposthitis. Perhaps a circumcision is in order if you are uncircumcised. See your physician for diabetes testing as well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How accurate are blood tests in determining invasive candidiasis? Would it be recommended to have more than one test to be sure?
It's legitimate!: ANY blood culture with Candida growing in it, should be considered real and needs to be treated, with the source of the infection removed (sources includes: central line, GI source, infected prosthetic device, presence of an abscess). Candidemia should not be interpreted as a contaminant. For additional guidance, an Infectious Disease Consult is recommended. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Candida is real: Yes candida overgrowth is a real condition. Treatment time depends on how bad an overgrowth you have. Most people feel better in a week. But it can grow back easily if proper diet is not adhered to. I don't know if the spit test is accurate. I prefer the candida antibody blood test. For more in depth information I would be happy to discuss this in a consult. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have a transplant kidney, but I have an infection (candidiasis)and the first 2 tests results were negative but the last was positive, what can I do?
Talk to your doctor: Infections post transplant can occur due to your body's lower protective state. Candida infection if superficial such as in the mouth or stomach can be treated with medication. Some patients will require long term use of anti-yeast medication to keep it from recurring. Talk to your doctor about this option. ...Read more
HIV 1&2 P24 Combo (CMIA) test on13th day.index value 0.1& non-reactive. symptoms so far-Oral candidiasis from 14th day. How reliable is the test ?
You don't have HIV: This test result is over 80% reliable; almost certainly you do not have HIV. Have another test at 4 weeks to be certain. Do not assume oral candidasis if you just have a white tongue; coated tongue and candidasis are not the same. Anyway, it is too soon to have oral candida due to a new HIV infection, and test results always overrule symptoms. See a doctor if your mouth problem continues. ...Read more