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Doctor insights on: Common Illnesses Caused By Bacteria Viruses Fungi And Parasites

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What cause people to be allergic to me? Others have this also & call it patm. What is this? Fungi, virus, bacteria? It's ruining my life! Help plz!

What cause people to be allergic to me? Others have this also & call it patm. What is this? Fungi, virus, bacteria? It's ruining my life! Help plz!

Fragrance allergy: The most common allergy that people have to other people comes from a scented product that they are using. Try unscented products (body wash, laundry detergent, clothes softeners, deodorant) most importantly, avoid spray on fragances. ...Read more

Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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Fungi (Definition)

Fungi are multi-cellular organisms that grow as yeasts, molds, and mushrooms. Human disease can be cause by fungi that grow as yeasts or molds. Some of these fungi live normally on human skin and do not cause symptoms. Others that normally live in the environment and can cause serious disease when in humans. Still other fungi cause less serious disease such as diaper ...Read more


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Which viruses, bacteria, and/or fungi are causative factors in channelopathies [transient receptor potential (trp) channels, in particular]?

Which viruses, bacteria, and/or fungi are causative factors in channelopathies [transient receptor potential (trp) channels, in particular]?

The cause if: These rare abnormalities are though to be genetic and/or autoimmune, not secondary to an infection, but you should discuss it with your diagnosing physician. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how are viruses, bacteria, protozoans, and fungi helpful and harmful?

Can you tell me how are viruses, bacteria, protozoans, and fungi helpful and harmful?

Yes: However, this would require more than 400 characters; in fact, it would be a textbook-length treatise. Even giving you internet addresses wouldn't begin to do this subject justice. Generally, viruses aren't your friends unless they kill species that attack us. Otherwise, it's a huge mix. Without our microbe friends, life would be impossible. ...Read more

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I have a wound with yellow pus in it. What kind of bacteria fungus of virus is most likely causing that?

I have a wound with yellow pus in it. What kind of bacteria fungus of virus is most likely causing that?

Pus is Pus is Pus is: Unfortunately this is a difficult question to answer without visualization. There are numerous bugs that can cause this scenario and nothing about your question gives any specific clues. With pus comes the need for treatment. I would advise being seen soon. ...Read more

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I know that taenia solium is the tapeworm of pork but I want to know If taenia solium is a bacterium, virus, fungus, protozoan or a parasite? And why?

Zoonotic parasite: Taenia solium is the pork tapeworm belonging to cyclophyllid cestodes in the family Taeniidae. It is an intestinal zoonotic parasite found throughout the world, and is most prevalent in countries where pork is eaten. The adult worm is found in humans and has a flat, ribbon-like body, which is white in color and measures 2 to 3 m in length. Its distinct head, the scolex, contains suckers and a rostellum as organs of attachment. The main body, the strobila, consists of a chain of segments known as proglottids. Each proglottid is a complete reproductive unit; hence, the tapeworm is a hermaphrodite. It completes its life cycle in humans as the definitive host and pigs as intermediate host. It is transmitted to pigs through human faeces or contaminated fodder, and to humans through uncooked or undercooked pork. Pigs ingest embryonated eggs, morula, which develop into larvae, the oncospheres, and ultimately into infective larvae, cysticerci. A cyticercus grows into an adult worm in human small intestines. Infection is generally harmless and asymptomatic. However, accidental infection in humans by the larval stage causes cysticercosis. The most severe form is neurocysticercosis, which affects the brain and is a major cause of epilepsy.

Human infection is diagnosed by the parasite eggs in the faeces. ...Read more

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Hi, I would like to know. How comes bacterial stis and parasites curable but not viruses. I had pubic lice, Herpes, flat warts.

Hi, I would like to know. How comes bacterial stis and parasites curable but not viruses. I had pubic lice, Herpes, flat warts.

A virus is able to: Become part of our cellular DNA.They are then able to replicate in our r normal cell. Killing virions would often mean killing our cells. The ability to get rid of the changed without killing our cell is not there yet without it being toxic. WWe are getting there though.Bacteria and parasites operate outside our cellular material. TThus the agents we use to kill them are working outside of our cell ...Read more

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What is it called when you ask the hospital to do a swab to check for viruses, mold, bacteria and fungus of the blood all at the same time?

What is it called when you ask the hospital to do a swab to check for viruses, mold, bacteria and fungus of the blood all at the same time?

Does not exist: There is no such swab of which I am aware. If you think you are infected there are a variety of tests which may include the use of swabs, but they will not check all the things you mention at one time, and certainly not for systemic conditions involving the blood. ...Read more

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What are common other things, besides bacteria and viruses, that cause disease?

What are common other things, besides bacteria and viruses, that cause disease?

Yes, lots: Not to make you paranoid, but there are countless things that cause disease. Many factors interact with our bodies in a way that can lead to disease. For example, a high salt diet can lead to high blood pressure, which can lead to kidney and heart damage, and damage to other arteries (like stroke). Type 2 diabetes is another complicated disease that can have to do with weight gain. ...Read more

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What are major disease caused by virus/bacteria?

What are major disease caused by virus/bacteria?

Causes of disease: There are many, many causes of infectious disease - bacteria and viruses, but also parasites, protozoa, fungi and infectious proteins. It's always good to try and protect oneself by following simple principles of good health - eating well, getting a good nights sleep, avoiding stress, and toxins such as alcohol and cigarette smoke. Talking to the doctor too about your individual health needs helps ...Read more

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My question is what causes an illness to be fatal, the symptoms or the bacteria/virus multiplying?

My question is what causes an illness to be fatal, the symptoms or the bacteria/virus multiplying?

SIRS: The systemic inflammatory response with fever, chills, low blood pressure and later organ damage from Septic Shock (, micro organisms causing damage and inflammation in y our body leading to very low blood pressure that if not treated can be deadly.! ...Read more

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How can I tell if a disease is caused by a virus or bacteria?

How can I tell if a disease is caused by a virus or bacteria?

Lab tests: Can help to differentiate as it isn't always obvious from symptoms alone. ...Read more

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If some disease is contagious doesa that mean it has to be caused by a bacteria or virus?

If some disease is contagious doesa that mean it has to be caused by a bacteria or virus?

Both are possible: Both bacteria and viruses can be contagious. Always practice good hygiene. Washing you hands is the best prevention. Wishing you the best. ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me what causes an illness to be fatal, the symptoms or the bacteria/virus multiplying?

Can anyone tell me what causes an illness to be fatal, the symptoms or the bacteria/virus multiplying?

Fatality: The microbes multiple and cause symptoms/ bodily changes. The later may lead to death. ...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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Other than crest/scleroderma what other virus/bacteria/disease can cause a positive ANA with centromere pattern?

Other than crest/scleroderma what other virus/bacteria/disease can cause a positive ANA with centromere pattern?

A lab error: The evaluation of these things by an inexperienced technician / pathologist is fraught with possibilities for error. ...Read more

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Acute heart failure/myopathy from an autoimmune disease or virus/bacteria... Wouldn't this cause an abnormal CBC, C-RP & ESR??

Acute heart failure/myopathy from an autoimmune disease or virus/bacteria... Wouldn't this cause an abnormal CBC, C-RP & ESR??

Not necessarily: All these are general tests, not specific to a certain disease, you can have all what you mentioned with normal values of the said tests, ...Read more

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Are pimples caused by a bacteria or fungi infection?

Either possible: But this depends upon what you are classifying as "pimples". Acne may be enhanced by bacteria that are not necessarily causative. Some fungi can present with skin eruptions that may look like pimples. Staphylococci can produce skin abscesses (boils) that some will call pimples. ...Read more

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Which type of disease are the bacteria, fungi and worm?

Infectious diseases: Diseases caused by bacteria, fungi, worms and other parasites are broadly classified as 'infectious diseases'. Bacteria and fungi can infect essentially any body site ranging from superficial infections of skin to deep seated infections such as the of the liver, lungs and brain. Hope that this helps. ...Read more

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What can the cause of Bacteremia & low immune system if nothing was found but 3 bacteria & 1 Fungi in my blood caused me to go septic?

What can the cause of Bacteremia & low immune system if nothing was found but 3 bacteria & 1 Fungi in my blood caused me to go septic?

Blood cultures: The question I think you're asking is "what germ" caused u to become ill-- which is an open question because it sounds like 4 organisms were isolated in ur blood cultures. Blood is supposed to be sterile and although possible it's very unlikely u really had 4 organisms floating around in ur blood. This is what we call "contamination" so we may never know. If u have more info, maybe can answer this ...Read more

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Is it true that taking a proton pump inhibitor for acid reflux can cause bad breath by allowing bacteria / fungi to accumulate in high pH environment?

Is it true that taking a proton pump inhibitor for acid reflux can cause bad breath by allowing bacteria / fungi to accumulate in high pH environment?

Doubtful: Much more likely that acid reflux will cause bad breath, as well as increase risk of oral pharyngeal cancer & ulcers. I'd take the prescribed medication unless advised otherwise by your doctor. ...Read more

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Can both viruses and bacteria cause encephalitis?

Yes: Encephalitis just means an infection of the brain. Meningitis is an infection of the outer coating that protects the brain. Meningo-encephalitis is the combination of the two. Bacteria usually go first to the meninges but can then progress into the brain. Viruses usually go first to the brain but may set up a inflammation of the meninges as well. ...Read more

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Please help docs! Is malaria caused by virus or bacteria?

Please help docs! Is malaria caused by virus or bacteria?

Neither: Malaria is caused by a parasite, the plasmodium. There are different kinds of plasmodium but the best studied one is the plasmodium falciparum. ...Read more

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Is myelitis caused by viruses, bacteria, or other problems? Is the end result always some paralysis?

Is myelitis caused by viruses, bacteria, or other problems? Is the end result always some paralysis?

Cord inflammation: Myelitis, usually called transverse myelitis, is an inflammation of the spinal cord. The cause is not known but may be the body's response, called an autoimmune response, to a viral infection, or other conditions such as mycoplasma pneumonia. Some people have multiple sclerosis. Many people have some leftovers from the myelitis such as pain, spasms, or possibly a degree of weakness or paralysis. ...Read more

Virus (Definition)

A virus is a small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of organisms, from animals and plants ...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