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Can fungus infections cause lung infections?

Can fungus infections cause lung infections?

Yes: Its not very common, but fungus can cause lung infections, its more common in people whose immune system is down "due to aids for example".. ...Read more

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Dr. Neigatha Graney
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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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Are yeast infections contagious?

Are yeast infections contagious?

Yes: Yeast infections are not considered a sexually transmitted disease. But partners do the potential to infect each other. ...Read more

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Are lung infections with aspergillus normally treated with anti-fungal infections?

Are lung infections with aspergillus normally treated with anti-fungal infections?

Actual infection:Yes: Actual infection with aspergillus is treated with surgery and anti fungals as a supplement. Presence of aspergillus is not proof of infection. Mere presence in the lungs often does not require anti fungals even if there are related symptoms. ...Read more

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Are bacterial infections contagious?

Are bacterial infections contagious?

Not the "infections": All bacteria are contagious, meaning that one person can smear some of his bacteria onto another's skin or other body part. The bacteria can then die, multiply on the surface (colonize the surface), or damage the person's cells and body parts (start an infection). No infection occurs in many cases, meaning the "infection" did not spread to the person even though the "bacteria" did spread to him. ...Read more

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Are bacterial infections contagious?

Are bacterial infections contagious?

Sometimes: Some bacterial infections are, like strep throat, or pink eye, but many develop that are not really contagious, like sinusitis, cellulitis, or diverticulitis. If you have a concern, you should discuss the specifics with your doctor. It is also always a good idea to always wash your hands or use hand sanitizer, whenever you are out, like shopping, airports, grocery stores etc to minimize risks. ...Read more

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Are lung infections commonly contagious?

Are lung infections commonly contagious?

Yes and No: Some lung infections or pneumonias such as viral, influenza and bacterial, tuberculosis are contageous from person to person. Other pneumonias such as aspiration pneumonia or ventilator associated pneumonias are not contageous. ...Read more

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Can empirically treating vaginal yeast infections create resistances to antifungals?

Can empirically treating vaginal yeast infections create resistances to antifungals?

Resistance: That potential is always present. What is more disturbing, however, is that you may be using antifungal medication against conditions not really due to yeast infection. ...Read more

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Do inhaled corticosteroids increase susceptibility to fungal/bacterial resp. infections (besides candida)? Environmental mold, or healthcare exposure?

Do inhaled corticosteroids increase susceptibility to fungal/bacterial resp. infections (besides candida)? Environmental mold, or healthcare exposure?

Not usually: Usually just thrush if you have a normal immune system. Not sure what the second part of your question is asking. Here is some info about on of the inhaled corticosteroids: http://www.drugs.com/sfx/flovent-hfa-side-effects.html ...Read more

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How do doctors distinguish between bacterial infections and viral infections?

How do doctors distinguish between bacterial infections and viral infections?

If the cause of: illness can't be determined through history and physical examination - that lab tests may be required. ...Read more

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Do staph infections cause tb?

Do staph infections cause tb?

No: Staphylococcus and tuberculosis are 2 unrelated bacteria species that have nothing to do with each other. ...Read more

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Are all vaginal infections ""yeast infections""?

ABSOLUTELY NOT: Yeast is only one cause of vaginal infections, but it is common. Others are caused by bacteria, like gonorrhea and chlamydia, and bacterial vaginosis. Some viruses also bother the vagina, like herpes and hpv. ...Read more

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Are all bacterial infections contagious?

Are all bacterial infections contagious?

Not the "infections": All bacteria are contagious, meaning that one person can smear some of his bacteria onto another's skin or other body part. The bacteria can then die, multiply on the surface (colonize the surface), or damage the person's cells and body parts (start an infection). No infection occurs in many cases, meaning the "infection" did not spread to the person even though the "bacteria" did spread to him. ...Read more

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Are adolescent kids more susceptible to fungal skin infections

Are adolescent kids more susceptible to fungal skin infections

Some are...: Superfiical fungal infections are common but may be more likely in people who sweat a lot, especially in sports or play. Sweaty skin (wet/moist skin) is more likely to "growth" fungus. ...Read more

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Fungal infection in nail by pictures?

Fungal infection in nail by pictures?

Vicks vapor rub: Try applying vicks vapor rub twice daily to the affected nail for 6-12 months. You should see a clearer healthy appearing nail grow in over that time frame as the diseased nail gets pushed out. The recurrence rate with any type of treatment utilized is very high...So essentially it makes little difference in the long run how you treat it. ...Read more

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Do children with Chronic benign neutrophenia also have problem fighting viral infections or have problem only fighting bacterial infections?

Bacterial only: Unless there is an additional immune disorder affecting lymphocytes, one would expect a person with chronic benign neutropenia to have more problems with recurrent bacterial infections and be able to respond normally to viral infections. ...Read more

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What are viral, fungal, protozoan disease?

What are viral, fungal, protozoan disease?

Too big: This requires extensive explanation, but the bottom line is that these are diseases caused by different types of organisms, the ones that you mention. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Dugan
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Fungal Infection (Definition)

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