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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?
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
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
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