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Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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Fungal Culture (Overview)

Fungal culture is a culture on special selective media for fungus; this is most helpful for fastidious fungi, such as histoplasma.


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What is a fungal culture for athlete's foot needed for?

What is a fungal culture for athlete's foot needed for?

It's rarely needed: We rarely do fungal cultures for athlete's foot, because the diagnosis is usually obvious, and the treatment is the same regardless of culture results. A rare exception might be a case that doesn't respond to topical antifungals. Growth of fungus on a culture doesn't mean you have athlete's foot; it might be due to fungal colonization without disease. ...Read more

Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
17 doctors shared insights

Fungal Culture (Overview)

Fungal culture is a culture on special selective media for fungus; this is most helpful for fastidious fungi, such as histoplasma.


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When do you need fungal culture?

When do you need fungal culture?

Depends: My opinion is a culture is almost always necessary to safely and accurately direct the career of a patient. I like to know what I am treating so i tend to culture or do some other confirmatory test, even more so before i consider using a systemic medication. Sometimes a scraping and a look under the microscope with confirm I am dealing with a fungus. ...Read more

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When do you need fungal culture?

Depends: My opinion is a culture is almost always necessary to safely and accurately direct the career of a patient. I like to know what I am treating so i tend to culture or do some other confirmatory test, even more so before i consider using a systemic medication. Sometimes a scraping and a look under the microscope with confirm I am dealing with a fungus. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: fungal culture?

Culture: Fungal culture is a culture on special selective media for fungus; this is most helpful for fastidious fungi, such as histoplasma. ...Read more

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Why would someone need a sputum fungal culture test?

Fungal pneumonia: Certain fungi such as aspergillus, cryptococcus, coccidiodes, blastomyces and histoplasma can cause pneumonia and may be cultured from respiratory secretions. ...Read more

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Where is a fungal culture usually done? At a hospital?

Varies: Fungal culture can be taken in pcp's office or in clinic. Testing for fungus is usually done by a hospital lab or a place that provides lab services to docs' offices. Some dermatologists are equipped to do fungal cultures in their office. Results may take a few days to couple weeks depending on what fungus is being grown/tested. ...Read more

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Why would a person need a synovial fluid fungal culture test?

Why would  a person  need a synovial fluid fungal culture test?

Septic arthritis: A fungal culture would be performed on the fluid collected from a joint if the joint was infected and not responding to typical antibiotic therapy. Joint infections caused by fungal infections are not common. ...Read more

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What is a fungal culture for athlete's foot needed for?

It's rarely needed: We rarely do fungal cultures for athlete's foot, because the diagnosis is usually obvious, and the treatment is the same regardless of culture results. A rare exception might be a case that doesn't respond to topical antifungals. Growth of fungus on a culture doesn't mean you have athlete's foot; it might be due to fungal colonization without disease. ...Read more

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Who would need a cerebrospinal fluid fungal culture?

Who would   need a cerebrospinal fluid fungal culture?

Meningitis: It's usually someone who might have cryptococcal meningitis. However, there are other forms of fungal meningitis, such as histoplasmosis and coccidioidomycosis, that can also be detected with a fungal culture. Fungal cultures are often sent routinely after a spinal tap, because it's easier to send the culture than to go back and repeat the procedure if you decide you need it later. ...Read more

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Would a positive igg for Candida Albicans mean systemic infection or that it is an infection somewhere in your body? I have +stool fungal culture.

Would a positive igg for Candida Albicans mean   systemic infection or that it is an infection somewhere in your body? I have +stool fungal culture.

Not necessarily: I find these studies to be of little value.They are often promoted by alternative health vendors as having value for dozens of chronic conditions. People usually have candida albicans to the point it makes up 5% of the dry weight of stool. Igg is often positive for hundreds of factors for which no problems are present, with the number increasing with age. This includes candida. ...Read more