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Examples Of Good Bacteria Or Fungi That Benefit People
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 are some genera of bacteria that contain mostly pathogenic species...As opposed to genera of bacteria that only contain a few pathogenic species?
The Microbiome... : Great thought question. However, you are assuming we know all the community of species of bacteria in the body (aka. The microbiome). Recently, we have discovered thousands of genera in our body through molecular techniques (most don't even have a name yet). Though it's tempting to generalize, the question you pose can't be answered with any reliability with what we know today. ...Read more
What are some concrete examples of broad-based prevention and wellness improvements resulting from a celebrity's public battle with a previously stigmatized disease?
Awareness, funding: While no specific disease has been cured or significantly abated from celebrity endorsement, the increased awareness and increased cash inflow for research has been of significant benefit. Three that come to mind are michael fox for parkinson's, elizabeth taylor for aids and jerry lewis for muscular dystrophy. ...Read more
With people who have cancer, is there any natural ways that could potentially help to fight it? Such as eating healthy, vitamin C and antioxidants?
Is there a classification of things like viruses and parasites other than calling them microbes, since some parasites are really big?
Number of cells: The term microbes usually refers to single-celled organisms like bacteria or protozoa, and to non-free living organisms like viruses. Parasites that are multi-celled like worms or flukes are better classified according to their relative place in the animal kingdom. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more
Not quite: There are animal studies looking at some of the many compounds produced by cannabis plants (cannabinoids), and whether these can inhibit growth of certain tumors. This differs greatly from smoking the dried plant, for a psychoactive effect. In fact some human studies indicate that smoking marijuana may be carcinogenic. http://tinyurl.com/nxsmkhz so to say mj "prevents" cancer is incorrect. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can there be some such kind of doctor that works with respiratory diseases for the youth like check ins and such?
In managing acute inflammation of the digestive tract, is there a yogurt out there with a proven strain of bacteria that assists with this?
Probiotics: "pro"-biotics put good organisms into your gut (unlike "anti"-biotics which kill bacteria) ; include: lactobacillus, acidophilus, bifidobacter, sachromyces boulardes, to name a few. Most are available otc or in yogart ; need to be taken daily to maintain the probiotic organism population. Benefits include: less gas, regulated bowels, prevent infections, improve digestion, decrease inflammation. ...Read more
Which one is the most healthiest truvia or splenda? Trying to find a sweetner that won't cause health issues such as cancer or any kind of disorders
Stevia: It's best to stay away from chemical sweeteners. Give stevia a try. It's a root made into a powder and is very sweet so you only need a little. Once you stop using chemical toxins your body will work to eliminate them. Hydration and exercise will help. Intermittent fasting is in the research these days with lots of benefits but do that with the guidance of your doc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I live in japan and you might know that wearing surgical masks are ubiquitous for various reasons such as preventing sickness from airborne illnesses, ?
Can someone describe the relationship between candida and mold exposure such as mycotoxins and aspergillus/penicillium?
See below: Go to the cdc website for that information. ...Read more
What dangers could emerge from not being exposed to a variety of bacteria and viruses in childhood? None
When : When you say being "exposed, " i'm going to assume you mean being infected with. So... Being infected with a bacteria will not make you any more or less susceptible or immune to any future exposure to that bacteria. Our bodies do not build immunity to a bacteria, only viruses. Thus, you can get a strep throat again and again and again, and no amount of getting a strep throat will ever make you immune to getting another strep throat. Viruses are different, and once exposed or infected with a virus, we can develop immunity to that particular virus for a period of time. Depending on the virus, immunity can last anywhere from days to years. Viruses mutate (change), and a slightly different virus of the same sort can infect you even though you've had a strain of that virus before. It's iffy. But even if you never had the usual "childhood diseases" (viruses), i assume you've been vaccinated against them, in which case, you're fairly well protected from future infection of whatever viruses you've been immunized against. ...Read more
Can you tell me the genus and species of two gram positive pathogenic bacteria that are hemolytic and give the diseases t?
Is garlic and garlic powder harmful or helpful or neither for those who suffer from acid reflux? I've heard different things. Also, is tomato sauce and decaf coffee out of the question?
Acid reflux: Many patients improve on Nystatin oral solution (anti yeast that affects the cardiac valve between the stomach and esophagus) as well as Heartburn Free, an orange peel supplements that tightens the valve. Garlic works because it is anti-yeast but may irritate the stomach and make one more prone to bleeding. Tomato sauce and coffee are acidic, which causes yeast to grow. ...Read more
Can hyperacidity kill or prevent the growth of hazardous microorganisms in the stomach such as salmonella?
Normal acidity will: There is no need for hyperacidity, normal aciditiy does kill many organisms, however a large innoculum can overcome this defence mechanism against infection. ...Read more
If people can take probiotics to have more good bacteria, can they take some kind of good fungus?
Yes, and many do: Fungi are not part of our normal flora but yeast are. Many take Sacchromyces boulardii, a probiotic yeast, often sold as Florastor, esp. useful for preventing diarrhea & yeast infections when taking antibiotics. As for good fungi, medicinal mushrooms such as Reishi, Maitake, Shiitake & Cordyceps have many powerful proven health benefits, but, unlike probiotics, these don't live in our intestines. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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
What food products (besides cheese) are the result of bacteria or fungi growing? Why is it safe for us to eat these if bacteria make us sick?
Good bacteria: Certainly through out time, we've depended on the 'good bacteria' or microbes that help us. Yogurt, sour cream, vinegar, wine, even beer are all products from these 'good guys'. Like in every population, there's good guys, bad guys, and those in between. Our ancestors figured this out the hard way - so we know what is safe to eat and what's not safe. I always like to smell something before eating ...Read more
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!
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
Is u have a white or kindda dry look on ur penis shaft, what does that means? Fungi bacteria? , when is wet it turns normal but dry is white and itchy
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
I was wondering if the causes of peripheral artery disease are related to virus, bacteria or fungi. Any of those three?
3 weeks into Doxycycline I have stabbing bladder pain when bladder is full. Do I need complete urinalysis and urine culture? Perhaps bacteria/protozoans/fungi not susceptible to doxy have grown unopposed?
Why on doxy?: I'm curious: why have you been on doxy for 3wks? I'm assuming that it is either for acne or for prostate infection. If for acne, recommend switching to another antibiotic and seeing if doc will write you something to treat yeast (Candida). Diflucan (fluconazole) once or twice weekly for 2-4 weeks will help...compounded nystatin is better. If taking for prostate the prostate prob may be causing symptoms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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?
Recurrent sore throat,purulent lesion (1 or 2) on one or both tonsils.No bacteria or fungi detected by lab tests (done twice).No fever.What can it be?
Inflammation: It is possible to have aseptic (non-infectious) inflammation of the tonsils. It is also possible to have an infection with false-negative tests. You can use salt-water gargles for now. See your doctor for possible referral to an ear, nose, throat doctor for proper evaluation and treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why our bodies get inflamed? Is it because there's some bacterias, fungus, mycoplasm or something like that inside our body?
Inflammation: This is a reaction to any irritant in the body. It need not come from the outside or be related to infection. It is a term which signifies a set of symptoms that include fever, redness, pain and tenderness, hardening or swelling of tissues and is caused by the release of chemicals from some cells that effect the behavior of other cells. ...Read more
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