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Is there any difference between antimicrobial and antiseptic?

Is there any difference between antimicrobial and antiseptic?

Yes: Antiseptic are used to clean skin and other materials. Antimicrobials are used for treatment of infections. ...Read more

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Have probably had candida overgrowth for 4 years, just started taking prescription antifungals. How long until I feel a difference?

Have probably had candida overgrowth for 4 years, just started taking prescription antifungals. How long until I feel a difference?

Yeast infection: Without knowing where and to what extent the Candida is present and what symptoms it is producing it is difficult to answer this. As a general rule, however, response should be very rapid and there should be a discernible difference within days of starting medications. Wish you better soon. ...Read more

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How long of taking prescription antifungals for candida overgrowth before I start to feel the difference? Have had overgrowth for about 4 years.

Misdiagnosis?: What do you mean precisely by "candida overgrowth"? How was this diagnosed? Four years of prescription antifungal agents is far longer than should be necessary for otherwise healthy people with normal immune function. I would consider getting a second opinion. ...Read more

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Can pityrosporum folliculitis be treated with a low dose of Accutane? I have tried antifungal pills. It made a big difference but still not cured.

Can pityrosporum folliculitis be treated with a low dose of Accutane? I have tried antifungal pills. It made a big difference but still not cured.

Pityrosporum folliculitis: Treatment of pityrosporum folliculitis, must deal with both the yeast overgrowth and any predisposing factors, otherwise the condition will recur. Unfortunately we often either do not know, or cannot correct, all the factors that make one susceptible so the condition has a tendency to return once the anti-yeast treatment is stopped. Isotretinoin is not indicated for tx of this condition. ...Read more

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My tongue cycles between having white patches that become orange. It is also inflammed. Antifungals/antimicrobials do not treat it. Help?

My tongue cycles between having white patches that become orange. It is also inflammed. Antifungals/antimicrobials do not treat it. Help?

Geographic Tongue: You MIGHT have "geographic tongue" (see the photo). Unfortunately, this is what's called a "poorly understood disease." A dentist or primary care provider might be able to give you a topical anesthetic. Also, you should confirm the diagnosis. I'm basing it only on your description, but it is very common. This might help: http://www.aaomp.org/public/docs/geographic-tongue.pdf ...Read more

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