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Doctor insights on: Fungi On Human Skin

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Dr. Robert Kent
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Fungi (Definition)

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


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Can tapeworms exist on the human hair and scalp?

Can tapeworms exist on the human hair and scalp?

No: Tapeworms live in the intestines or they invade and form cysts in muscles or organs they do not live on the skin or scalp. ...Read more

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Which skin infection causes white/yellow biofilm looking secretions from scalp, and skin? (animal contagious, survives on household items)

Which skin infection causes white/yellow biofilm looking secretions from scalp, and skin? (animal contagious, survives on household items)

Odd question: I'm not sure I understand exactly what you mean when you say "animal contagiou?" Do you mean that the infection can be passed from humans to animals or vice versa? And which household items does this infection exist on? What is the clinical associated with your question? Do you have a picture you can upload? Send to: www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi ...Read more

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I know that MRSA and mssa bacteria lives on most peoples skin. Does soap kill the bacteria?

See below: Some soaps may kill the bacteria, but most likely the number of bacteria is simply reduced as it get washed off. Good luck. ...Read more

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Parts of my skin are not tanning like the rest. Does a ringworm rash change skin pigment?

Parts of my skin are not tanning like the rest. Does a ringworm rash change skin pigment?

Yes: Often, ringworm, a type of fungal infection will cause the skin to be hypopigmented so the area where you have the infection will be lighter. Try applying an antifungal cream. Once the infection clears, the skin color should return to normal. ...Read more

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Hi,does hiv cause glossitis and blisters on the skin.

Hi,does hiv cause glossitis and blisters on the skin.

Not HIV: HIV is not a likely cause of this sort of thing. For sure this would never be the only symptom of an HIV infection. ...Read more

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What is candida albicans on the skin and mucous membranes?

What is candida albicans on the skin and mucous membranes?

Confusing question: Candida albicans is a yeast that is everywhere in nature. It can end up on your skin or mucous membranes and be a simple contaminant, like so many germs in the environment. It can also cause a condition called thrush in the mouth, or a skin rash around the anus or in babies diaper area. ...Read more

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What creates skin hot spots in humans?

When you say hot: spots i really need to know if you mean itching, "hot" feeling, pain. Please clarify ...Read more

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Can my cat spread the human scabies mite?

Can my cat spread the human scabies mite?

Doubtful: Animals ; pets carry different scabies mites. Scabies mites that live on pets are different from the ones found on humans. But, mites on pets may be transmitted to you from an infested pet. They can burrow under your skin resulting in itching. This type of mite will not reproduce on you ; should die within several days. You won't require medication but your animal needs to be treated. ...Read more

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Is several uneven skin tone on the face contagious?

Is several uneven skin tone on the face contagious?

Not : Not contagious unless you have some kind of rash or infection recommend a HealthTap visit or primary care doctor visit for specific diagnosis and treatment ...Read more

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How long does human herpes 8 virus , the one that causes kaposi sarcoma, live outside the body on a door handle?

How long does human herpes 8 virus , the one that causes kaposi sarcoma, live outside the body on a door handle?

It doesn't really: very long on inanimate objects. The virus "dies" outside a living tissue. If it lived for very long virtually everyone would have it. We all would have picked up on the door handle of our local Starbucks. ...Read more

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What type of fungus grows on the skin?

All sorts!: There are all sorts of fungus that can grow on the skin. A fungal culture can help identify a specific type on a patient's skin. ...Read more

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How does the skin protect the body against bacterial growth?

Skin Protection: Skin protects the human body from many external forces. It is the body's initial guard against bacteria and other agents of infection (toxins, harmful liquids and gases), most of which are unable to penetrate the dense design of the skin and infiltrate the organs below; they're caught on its surface. Skin protects the body from exposure to ultraviolet light. ...Read more