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Could people with asthma or allergies be more prone to fungal infections?

Could people with asthma or allergies be more prone to fungal infections?

Sometimes: People with asthma or allergies, who have mild symptoms and healthy immune systems probably are not more prone to fungal infections. Patients with lots of asthma/allergy symptoms, especially if they have weakened immune systems, can have problems with airborne fungi. Such patients may have worse symptoms when exposed to fungi such as aspergillus, blastomyces, or coccidioides. ...Read more

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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 a bad fungal infection cause rash that hurts/tingle/crawly feeling? I thought scabies/derm says allergy.Prednisone made worse, miconazole helping.

Can a bad fungal infection cause rash that hurts/tingle/crawly feeling? I thought scabies/derm says allergy.Prednisone made worse, miconazole helping.

Not usual: Since prednisone made it worse, I suspect that your problem may be from an anxiety reaction if there is no visible rash. If there is a rash, then one needs to consider other conditions than allergy (which usually causes itching). This is not likely from a fungal infection however. Get a 2nd opinion if needed. ...Read more

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Why would someone be prone to fungal infections?

Why would someone be prone to fungal infections?

Fungal infections: Depends upon whether you are referring to skin (superficial dermatomycoses), or to systemic fungal infections. The latter are often managed by our fixed tissue immune mechanisms, and may suggest immune deficiency which needs aggressive evaluation. Go see an infectious disease expert and be examined and treated. Good luck. ...Read more

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How can I deal with a body that is prone to fungal infections inside and out?

How can I deal with a body that is prone to fungal infections inside and out?

Broad topic: Please re-ask and be more specific about what you would like to know. For an in-depth discussion consider discussing with your medical provider or asking a provider on Healthtap Prime or Concierge. ...Read more

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Are some people more prone to getting fungal infection?

Are some people more prone to getting fungal infection?

Yes: People with immune system disorders, such as aids, are more prone to fungal infections. People on inhaled steroids may get thrush. And, infants tend to get skin fungal infections. ...Read more

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If we are on long term antibiotic course , we are prone to fungal infection ? If yes then what's the reason behind this?

If we are on long term antibiotic course , we are prone to fungal infection ? If yes then what's the reason behind this?

True.: Many places on the body (mucous membranes, skin) have bacteria and fungi living in competition with each other, keeping each other in check. If you kill off one type (with antibiotics) the other type will win and overgrow. ...Read more

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I have asthma and allergies but for awhile i've been trying to push up clear stringy phlegm that also comes out white sometime. Could it be an infection or bronchitis ? Thanks.

I have asthma and allergies but for awhile i've been trying  to push up clear stringy phlegm that also comes out white sometime. Could it be an infection or bronchitis ? Thanks.

See below: Sounds like your asthma is not well controlled. When you have an infection, usually the phlegm is colored and you may have fever and/or chills. Upgrade your asthma medication, talk to your doctor! good luck! ...Read more

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18mo no allergies, no CF, no PCD, asthma that meds won't control, constant respirtory infections resist antibiotx. Do some kids just always "rattle"?

18mo no allergies, no CF, no PCD, asthma that meds won't control, constant respirtory infections resist antibiotx. Do some kids just always "rattle"?

Check for GERD: Kids shouldn't rattle. Should make sure gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) isn't contributing. Also immune work up for immunodeficiency is appropriate. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Asthma (Definition)

Asthma is a disease of the lungs caused by chronic inflammation of the airways most often caused by allergies. This inflammation results in airway swelling and hyperactivity leading to difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, dry cough, etc. MIT is a diagnosis made by combining clinical ...Read more


Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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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