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Do fungal infections cross the blood-brain barrier?

Do fungal infections cross the blood-brain barrier?

They can: While the blood-brain barrier is a critical regulator of interaction between the blood stream and the brain, it cannot keep everything "out". Many infections, including fungal can spread to involve the brain. Some very serious fungal infections commonly involve the brain (central nervous system-cns). ...Read more

Dr. Tanya Russo
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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


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What viruses can cross the placenta and cause congenital infections?

What viruses can cross the placenta and cause congenital infections?

You name it: Any virus that has a blood stream phase can infect the fetus when the mother is infected. The German measles is one of the worst classical examples. Yet any form of hepatitis, the flu, chickenpox, mono, cytomegalovirus, all can infect both.The effect on the fetus depends on the timing during the pregnancy and various characteristics of the germ. ...Read more

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Does infection spread through the bloodstream, such as a bacterial infection on ankle can spread to an ear infection?

Does infection spread through the bloodstream, such as a bacterial infection on ankle can spread to an ear infection?

Bacteremia: Infections can spread through the blood stream - when you hear the word "Sepsis" that implies a bacteria is in the blood stream and causing havoc on the body. Could an infection that started in the ankle get into the blood stream? Sure. Once it's in the blood stream could it seed other sites? Sure. If you didn't have high fever and signs of blood infection then I doubt your ear infection is relate ...Read more

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Can non-typhoid salmonella poisoning cross the placenta?

Can non-typhoid salmonella poisoning cross the placenta?

Salmonella: Non-typhoidal strains of salmonella can rarely produce enteric fever and are usually confined to the intestinal tract. It would be unusual for your baby to be affected by this, but best to discuss this with your obstetrician and the doctor who made the diagnosis of salmonellosis. Hope you are better soon, and have a great baby. ...Read more

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Can penicillin cause an infection?

Can penicillin cause an infection?

Possibly: It's use could lead to an over-growth of yeast. ...Read more

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Can a tick cause MRSA infection?

Tick + MRSA =Maybe: Alea, I do not know for sure. We know mosquitos may transmit disease by feeding on multiple hosts. Mrsa is a resistant form of a common bacteria that lives on the skin of humans. Unfortunately, 50% or more have some form of MRSA living on their skin. I think it more likely a tick might break the skin and allow entry and possible infection by the MRSA that was already living outside on the skin. ...Read more

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Does having a MRSA infection confer future immunity to the infection?

Does having a MRSA infection confer future immunity to the infection?

No: A MRSA infection is like any other bacterial infection, just a fairly virulent bacteria with more resistance to antibiotics. Until a vaccine is made for it, an infection from MRSA confers no immunity. ...Read more

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Can? A yeast infection look similar to a latex allegy?

Can? A yeast infection look similar to a latex allegy?

Signs of yeast : White cottage cheese like vaginal discharge is the characteristic discharge for candida. A latex allergy can cause redness and swelling and make you more prone to getting a yeast infection. ...Read more

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How can you contract an ecolie infection through a urinary track infection?

How can you contract an ecolie infection through a urinary track infection?

E coli is bacteria: E coli is the name of a type of bacteria which typically lives in the gut, but can travel anywhere and cause an infection. "regular" e coli from a woman's colon often finds its way forward to the urethra (passage from bladder to outside) and is a common cause of utis in women. Other dangerous strains of e coli (o157-h7) are more commonly found in food sources from contaminated livestock or crops. ...Read more

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Can bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) treat an upper respiratory infection?

Can bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) treat an upper respiratory infection?

Trimethoprim/Sulfa: Yes, but this would obviously depend upon what you are talking about. There are very few uris requiring antibiotics and those that do generally do not need bactrim, (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) but this is a decision that has to be made by the doctor examining you and their diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can an untreated vaginal yeast infection lead to a systemic yeast infection in the fetus or uterus?

Can an untreated vaginal yeast infection lead to a systemic yeast infection in the fetus or uterus?

Unlikely: It is unusual for a fetus to get a systemic yeast infection. It is extremely rare for yeast to infect the inside of the uterus and cause problems. ...Read more

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I'm allergic to penicillin, will other antibiotics work against a streptococcal b infection?

I'm allergic to penicillin, will other antibiotics work against a streptococcal b infection?

Yes: There are a number of effective antibiotics that your doctor can choose. Most patients who think that they are allergic to penicillin are not. Even patients who had a reaction in the past usually lose the allergy. An allergist can test to see if you are allergic. ...Read more

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Will bacteum treat a MRSA urinary tract infection?

Will bacteum treat a MRSA urinary tract infection?

Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim): Is a antibiotic commonly used to treat MRSA infections. Need to check the sensitivities though to be sure. ...Read more

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Can a chest infection spread to another infection such as an ear infection if left untreated?

Can a chest infection spread to another infection such as an ear infection if left untreated?

Possible: Alhough the two areas are not connected, I have seen patients with pneumonia and an ear infection. These type of infections can start off as a head cold and then migrate down into your chest. I suppose this can depend from person to person. Please get checked if there is concern. ...Read more

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Can an inguinal fungal infection be transferred to the eyes inadvertently?

Can an inguinal fungal infection be transferred to the eyes inadvertently?

Not usually: The lids are not moist enough. The eyeball itself is too well protected. Contact lens wearers may be liable for fungal corneal ulcers. These fungal infections need moisture, low oxygen and low light. I assume you are not immune deficient. ...Read more

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Can staphylococcal infection cause endocarditis?

Can staphylococcal infection cause endocarditis?

Absolutely: This is a major etiologic agent of infectious endocarditis. ...Read more

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How can you tell the diffence between a bladder infection, urainary tract infection, and a yeast infections?

How can you tell the diffence between a bladder infection, urainary tract infection, and a yeast infections?

Kidney infection: Kidney infection (pyelonephritis) generally causes fever, chills and very significant flank pain. One generally feels "sick". Bladder infection (cystitis) rarely causes systemic symptoms. Discomfort in the pelvic area and irritative voiding symptoms are typical. Yeast infections cause itching and vaginal discharge. ...Read more

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