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Doctor insights on: How Can We Ascertain If Smelly Heel Lesions Are From Bacterial Or Fungus Nature

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How can we ascertain if smelly heel lesions are from bacterial or fungus nature ?

How can we ascertain if smelly heel lesions are from bacterial or fungus nature ?

Lab diagnosis: At the office or in the clinic, we can get biopsy or aspiration samples from these heel lesions and send them to microbiology lab for culture (specify in order for both bacterial and fungal cultures), gram stain, pas stain & koh. The lab report would tell u what growths they find, whether bacterial (aerobic/ anaerobic) or fungus, with the name of the specific bugs or fungi. ...Read more

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Bacteria (Definition)

Are omnipresent single celled organisms which are the both the simplest form of life and the original form of life on earth. The are ...Read more


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Odd smelly discharge from vagina. Been 2 the doc, every smear is ok. . No bacteria no fungus, nothing... What can I do?

Odd smelly discharge from vagina. Been 2 the doc, every smear  is ok. . No bacteria no fungus,  nothing...  What can I do?

Gynecologist?: You don't say what kind of doctor you have seen, but if have not been examined by a gynecologist you should do that. Without being able to examine you and test you there is no way to solve this long distance. ...Read more

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Please can I know if the paronychia is due to bacteria and we put anti fungus ointment will it make the infection worse. ?

Probably so: Most likely if you have an acute infection, it is a bacteria. The most common reason for this infection above the nail is an ingrown nail or hangnail. Topical anti fungal treatments will not treat an acute infection in that scenario. The treatment is drainage of the infection with possible removal of the nail. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if a UTI is not caused by bacteria or fungus, then what could the problem be?

Cystitis : Inflammation of the bladder lining can remain after successful elimination of the causative bacteria / organism. It can also occur from non-infectious causes, such as concentrated bladder irritants (ie. Caffeine, nicotine, excess spices) in the setting of dehydration. This inflammation can cause symptoms indistinguishable from a uti. ...Read more

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How to differentiate between bacne caused by bacteria or a type of fungus like P. Folliculitis?

How to differentiate between bacne caused by bacteria or a type of fungus like P. Folliculitis?

Acne?: Acne and folliculitis look different, so a formal skin assessment, locally or via HealthTap; would allow us to differentiate between your two possibilities, or perhaps even offer others. ...Read more

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If people can take probiotics to have more good bacteria, can they take some kind of good fungus?

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 more

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Is there such a thing as having fungus, bacteria and yeast all at once in the bloodstream in someone who has low immune ?

Is there such a thing as having fungus, bacteria and yeast all at once in the bloodstream in someone who has low immune ?

Absolutely not: Someone w/ bacteria & fungus in bloodstream would be close to death in ICU. There are however some rogue medical practitioners who promote a scientifically unsound idea that various vague and non-life-threatening symptoms are due to chronic blood infection by yeast or viruses or exotic bacteria. This is pseudoscience &has resulted in patients getting seriously harmed by misguided treatment. ...Read more

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Dx & treatments 4 angular cheilitis during long term abx treatment. R there tests 2 tell if it's caused by fungus, bacteria or both? Best treatments?

Dx & treatments 4 angular cheilitis during long term abx treatment. R there tests 2 tell if it's caused by fungus, bacteria or both? Best treatments?

Wrong question: Angular cheilitis is due to SALIVA. While treatment against yeast and staph may sometimes be useful, they are of peripheral interest. Most of these are in older people who have lost teeth. They have a deep fold of skin which draws in saliva by capillary action, usually during sleep. Protection of the skin from saliva is key. Apply vaseline [Aquaphor] at bedtime and several times a day. Chapstick i ...Read more

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Do I have a fungus on my heel?

Do I have a fungus on my heel?

Possibly : Does it itch? Is there scaly appearance? If yes then likely. Sometimes you can examine the area under a woods light and this will indicate a fungal infection. A culture can confirm the infection. Your podiatrist can easily take care of this for you. Some infections can not be successfully treated with over the counter preparations but you can try - ask your pharmacist for one of them. ...Read more

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I have a wound with yellow pus in it. What kind of bacteria fungus of virus is most likely causing that?

I have a wound with yellow pus in it. What kind of bacteria fungus of virus is most likely causing that?

Pus is Pus is Pus is: Unfortunately this is a difficult question to answer without visualization. There are numerous bugs that can cause this scenario and nothing about your question gives any specific clues. With pus comes the need for treatment. I would advise being seen soon. ...Read more

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Does staphylococus bacteria,Jock itch(fungus) ,celulitis are signs of HIV or aids,Please answer my curiousity.

Does staphylococus bacteria,Jock itch(fungus) ,celulitis are signs of HIV or aids,Please answer my curiousity.

Doubtful: Immunodeficiency can lead to unusual infections and possible fungus infections but skin infections described are not specific to HIV. AIDS, is a "syndrome"., which is defined by severe opportunistic infections beyond what you've described. ...Read more

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Fungus (Definition)

Consisting of a florid overgrowth due to exposure to ...Read more