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Common Illnesses Caused By Bacteria Viruses Fungi And Parasites
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!
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
What can cause recurring folliculutis in 2 family members? Swabs, biopsies, blood tests show no sign of bacteria, virus or fungi. Not prone to it previou
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
Someone coughed all over my books & notes. I read that some bacteria, viruses, & fungi in healthy mouths live MONTHS on surfaces. What should I do?
Nothing: If you want to be extremely careful you can use some antiseptic wipes on the desk and books ...Read more
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
I have a wound with yellow pus in it. What kind of bacteria fungus of virus is most likely causing that?
Is boiling my drinking water for up to 5-10 minutes enough to kill parasites like giardia and bacteria and viruses?
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?
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
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
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
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
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
My question is what causes an illness to be fatal, the symptoms or the bacteria/virus multiplying?
Lab tests: Can help to differentiate as it isn't always obvious from symptoms alone. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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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
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
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