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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Odd smelly discharge from vagina. Been 2 the doc, every smear is ok. . No bacteria no fungus, nothing... What can I do?
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
I have dry cracked heels, & fungus on 2 toenails (may not be fungus, just thick). How should I care for & address both these issues simultaneously?
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers