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Doctor insights on: How Might Zinc Work Against A Parasite Infection

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Dr. Linda Callaghan
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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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I have become prone to fungal & viral infection. Can you suggest which type of immunity test should be done to check immunity strength like igg1, etc.

I have become prone to fungal & viral infection. Can you suggest which type of immunity test should be done to check immunity strength like igg1, etc.

See Immunologist: As a generality, T-cell dysfunction (and not B-cell or lack of antibody production) could potentially lead to susceptibility for viral and fungal infections. One might start by checking lymphocyte subpopulations and T-cell function as an initial work-up. ...Read more

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Can a bacterial infection require a specific antibiotic to wipe it out ?

Can a bacterial infection require a specific antibiotic to wipe it out ?

Yes: Bacterial infections usually require antibiotic treatment with a drug to which the bacteria is susceptible. Some antibiotics will work for some bacteria but not others. Most bacteria are sensitive to a number of different antibiotics. Microbiology labs do sensitivity testing to inform the doctor as to which antibiotics will be effective. ...Read more

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Can a bacitracin ointment work on a fungai infection ?

Can a bacitracin ointment work on a fungai infection ?

No: Bacitracin is an antibiotic ointment which helps prevent staph and strep and other bacterial infections but does not help with fungal infections. Topical antifungals such as Clotrimazole and ketoconazole help with fungal infections. ...Read more

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What oil will help to work against fungal infection?

What oil will help to work against fungal infection?

Some types...: Tea tree oil has been shown to be effective in a paper published in our podiatry journals. ...Read more

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Can multip infect.from a sinus infect to a yeast infect.to a Garden Spiderbite infect cause your liver enzymes to go high bc I don't want a liver biop?

Can multip infect.from a sinus infect to a yeast infect.to a Garden Spiderbite infect cause your liver enzymes to go high bc I don't want a liver biop?

Elevated LFT's: Not sure multiple infections can cause elevated LFT's however, the antibiotics used to treat the infections may cause transient elevations as the medications may interfer with normal liver metabolism. Normally we don't worry until the LFT's are 2X upper limit of normal. I would wait 6 weeks off all medications (except chronic ones) and repeat the tests before worrying. Good Luck ...Read more

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Need to know is zinc oxide good to use on a staph infection?

Need to know is zinc oxide good to use on a staph infection?

Not enough: If you have a real staph infection the zinc ointment most likely will not be enough to kill it. Unless this is just a very small area of staph for instance a small cut that got red you will need oral antibiotics so see a doctor ...Read more

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Might a medication to cure a skin yeast infection cause pimples after use?

Might a medication to cure a skin yeast infection cause pimples after use?

Unlikely: Pimples come from lack of sleep, hormones, stress, and sun. If you had a yeast infection you were probably physiologically stressed to get the infection to begin with. ...Read more

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Can I take a vaccination against bacterial infections?

Can I  take a vaccination against bacterial infections?

YesWhyNotIfYouNeedIt: Yes if you need it At your age these may be TDap,Pnemociccal and Meningicoccal Discuss with your doctor if you need any one of these ...Read more

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Is there anything I can take to prevent yeast infections? I am going to be on strong antibiotics for Lyme & 2 co-einfections for a long time.

Is there anything I can take to prevent yeast infections?  I am going to be on strong antibiotics for Lyme & 2 co-einfections for a long time.

Get a 2nd opinion: The best way to prevent yeast infection is to avoid unnecessary antibiotics. Proper treatment of lyme disease & other tick borne infections can usually be achieved in about 2-3 weeks - if treatment is prescribed >4 weeks consider a 2nd opinion with another expert (it never hurts to ask). Alert your doctor of any new symptoms of yeast asap rather than take a preventive antifungal for yeast. ...Read more

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How to identify whether I have a combo of yeast infection as well as bacterial vaginosis?

How to identify whether I have a combo of yeast infection as well as bacterial vaginosis?

Need exam.: Bv usually produces a fishy odor, thin and homgenous off white discharge. Yeast infection produces itching and occasionally a whitish clumpy discharge. ...Read more

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Can a yeast infection develop into something else like vaginosis or trich? I've a yeast infection for a while and want to know what could happen if not treated

A : A yeast infection will likely go away on it's own if left untreated, but may not. It can lead to chronic discharge and itching, and a lot of unnecessary discomfort. The yeast will not develop into a bacterial vaginosis, however you can develop a secondary bacterial infection, meaning both yeast and bacteria are present at the same time. Also, yeast can not develop into trichomoniasis. This is an std (sexually transmitted disease) and requires treatment. Is there a reason why you are not treating your yeast infection? Are you sure it's yeast? Have you seen your doctor? If not i recommend you make an appointment for a proper exam, diagnosis, and treatment, especially if you are concerned about std's. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can flagyl med be taken every year as a preventive measure from any intestinal bacterial infection?

Can flagyl med be taken every year as a preventive measure from any intestinal bacterial infection?

No not at all: No it is not a good idea to take it the way you described.Flagyl is an antibiotic and is not to be taken unless prescribed by a doctor for appropriate infection.It is not to be taken to prevent intestinal infection ...Read more

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What dosage do you recommend if podofilox is taken ? And is leflox a good antibiotic to fight such bacteria ? And lastly can the warts spread all over

What dosage do you recommend if podofilox is taken ? And is leflox a good antibiotic to fight such bacteria ? And lastly can the warts spread all over

Genital warts?: Podofilox is simply applied to warts, usually without other consideration of the dose. Sometimes daily, other times only 2-3 times a week; follow the instructions on your prescription or that you received from your doctor or clinic. Levofloxacin has no effect on warts or HPV, the virus that causes them. Warts almost never "spread all over". Clarify any further question with your doctor. ...Read more

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Can I take culterelle probiotic while on prednisone? Will I be more likely to get an infection because weakened immune system?

Can I take culterelle probiotic while on prednisone? Will I be more likely to get an infection because weakened immune system?

Yes to both.: Can take probiotic while on prednisone. Will not make you more ill. It is questionable if helps the immune system. It may help prevent an antibiotic associated diarrhea. It depends how long you are on the prednisone. If it is long term then you can develop a weakened immune system. If not long then it is not likely to cause a major problem. ...Read more

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Hi, doctor, what may be antibiotics that can clean your immune system as a result of another overdosed drug/antibiotics?

Hi, doctor, what may be antibiotics that can clean your immune system as a result of another overdosed drug/antibiotics?

No treatment needed: If you are ill following antibiotics -- e.g. certain kinds of severe diarrhea -- follow your doctor's advice about treatment. Otherwise, don't worry about it. Even after large doses of antibiotics, or an overdose, the immune system is not harmed. Other effects, such as your body's normal bacteria being resistant to some antibiotics, will take care of themselves over a few weeks. No worries. ...Read more