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What is a fungal culture for athlete's foot needed for?

What is a fungal culture for athlete's foot needed for?

It's rarely needed: We rarely do fungal cultures for athlete's foot, because the diagnosis is usually obvious, and the treatment is the same regardless of culture results. A rare exception might be a case that doesn't respond to topical antifungals. Growth of fungus on a culture doesn't mean you have athlete's foot; it might be due to fungal colonization without disease. ...Read more

Dr. Ritu Saini
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Trichophyton (Definition)

Trichophyton is one of the common types of fungus that can infect the skin, called a "dermatophyte". It can cause ringworm of the skin (such as athlete's foot or jock itch) or of the scalp. It is usually diagnosed with a scraping of the skin and can be treated with topical medications if on the skin, or oral medicines if involving ...Read more


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When do you need fungal culture?

When do you need fungal culture?

Depends: My opinion is a culture is almost always necessary to safely and accurately direct the career of a patient. I like to know what I am treating so i tend to culture or do some other confirmatory test, even more so before i consider using a systemic medication. Sometimes a scraping and a look under the microscope with confirm I am dealing with a fungus. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: fungal culture?

Culture: Fungal culture is a culture on special selective media for fungus; this is most helpful for fastidious fungi, such as histoplasma. ...Read more

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Why would someone need a sputum fungal culture test?

Fungal pneumonia: Certain fungi such as aspergillus, cryptococcus, coccidiodes, blastomyces and histoplasma can cause pneumonia and may be cultured from respiratory secretions. ...Read more

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Where is a fungal culture usually done? At a hospital?

Varies: Fungal culture can be taken in pcp's office or in clinic. Testing for fungus is usually done by a hospital lab or a place that provides lab services to docs' offices. Some dermatologists are equipped to do fungal cultures in their office. Results may take a few days to couple weeks depending on what fungus is being grown/tested. ...Read more

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Why would a person need a synovial fluid fungal culture test?

Why would  a person  need a synovial fluid fungal culture test?

Septic arthritis: A fungal culture would be performed on the fluid collected from a joint if the joint was infected and not responding to typical antibiotic therapy. Joint infections caused by fungal infections are not common. ...Read more

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Who would need a cerebrospinal fluid fungal culture?

Who would   need a cerebrospinal fluid fungal culture?

Meningitis: It's usually someone who might have cryptococcal meningitis. However, there are other forms of fungal meningitis, such as histoplasmosis and coccidioidomycosis, that can also be detected with a fungal culture. Fungal cultures are often sent routinely after a spinal tap, because it's easier to send the culture than to go back and repeat the procedure if you decide you need it later. ...Read more

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Would a positive igg for Candida Albicans mean systemic infection or that it is an infection somewhere in your body? I have +stool fungal culture.

Would a positive igg for Candida Albicans mean   systemic infection or that it is an infection somewhere in your body? I have +stool fungal culture.

Not necessarily: I find these studies to be of little value.They are often promoted by alternative health vendors as having value for dozens of chronic conditions. People usually have candida albicans to the point it makes up 5% of the dry weight of stool. Igg is often positive for hundreds of factors for which no problems are present, with the number increasing with age. This includes candida. ...Read more

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How long after using anti fungal cream is ringworm contagious?

How long after using anti fungal cream is ringworm contagious?

use it 2-4wks: Need to use it for 2-4 weeks until rash has completely gone away. If rash persists see your doctor for oral medication. ...Read more

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What is the fastest way to get rid of a ringworm besides a store bought fungal cream?

What is the fastest way to get rid of a ringworm besides a store bought fungal cream?

Ringworm Therapy: There really is no fastest way to get rid of ringworm, but there are a few proven methods to learning how to get rid of ringworms fast. The first thing to make sure you remember is that you should not touch many things, especially other people or even animals until you have been able to try ways to get rid of ringworm. I like otc Lamisil (terbinafine) cream twice a day for two weeks. ...Read more

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I have been using anti fungal treatment for almost 4 weeks and my ringworm has still not fully disappeared. How do I know if treatment is working?

I have been using anti fungal treatment for almost 4 weeks and my ringworm has still not fully disappeared. How do I know if treatment is working?

May not be...: If your ringworm is not responding to store bought anti fungal cream - it may not be a fungus! This would be a good time to visit with your MD to have a medical opinion on the cause of the rash. ...Read more

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Are fungal skin infections such as ringworm a sign of something worse?

Are fungal skin infections such as ringworm a sign of something worse?

Not usually: Millions of totally normal people may get superficial fungal skin infections. ...Read more

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If I have a ringworm/fungal infection can I go swimming in clorine water?

If I have a ringworm/fungal infection can I go swimming in clorine water?

You should: have your fungal infection TREATED BEFORE you use a common pool! People REACT to seeing ANY skin problem in other swimmers. You CAN go swimming in a chlorine trteated pool but you SHOULDN'T (In my opinion!!!) Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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I am experiencing marks like ringworm on chest , can any anti-fungal cream be used for treatment or please advise ?

Specific creams: For the most part, for typical "ringworm" or tinea corporis infections, which are usually caused by Trichophyton group. Other fungal skin infections include tinea versicolor (Mallesezia furfur) or Candidal skin infection usually in skin folds (Candida albicans). The best option for ringworm would probably be Clotrimazole or terbinafine (terb does not tx yeast) ...Read more

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My son has a ringworm I can't get rid of. Tried bleach and anti-fungal cream for a month. What else can I try to get rid of asap?

Ringworm: do not attempt to use bleach directly to a ringworm, you may end up causing much more harm than good. also, is the ring worm on the skin or the scalp? Depending on the area involved, different medications may be needed. Have a follow up visit with your pediatrician to check the ringworm and see if a different treatment is necessary. Also, there are other skin conditions that look like ringworm. ...Read more

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I'm currently using anti fungal cream for a ringworm on my arm. Do i have to cover it with a bandaid? Would it spread to other people if not bandaged?

I'm currently using anti fungal cream for a ringworm on my arm. Do i have to cover it with a bandaid? Would it spread to other people if not bandaged?

Not usually: It is actually better to leave it uncovered, or loosely covered with your normal clothing. To prevent it from spreading, wash your towels, sheets, and clothes regularly. If you’re doing an activity in which the affected area might come in contact with other people or surfaces – such as going to the gym – then it’s a good idea to cover the area temporarily. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have got ringworm/some sort of fungal infection or eczema?

How can I tell if I have got ringworm/some sort of fungal infection or eczema?

See Your Doctor: If you have a concerning rash that is persistent I would suggest seeing your primary doctor so that he or she can see the rash in person for more proper diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can I use tea tree oil in addition with anti fungal cream to help clear up ringworm?

Ringworm: It is unlikely that tea tree oil will have very much effect, but if you want to try it, it should not be deleterious. Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Subir Mitra
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Ringworm (Definition)

A superficial fungal infection (dermatophytosis) of the arms and legs. The same appearances of ringworm may also occur on the scalp (tinea capitis), beard area (tinea ...Read more


Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Fungal Culture (Definition)

Fungal culture is a culture on special selective media for fungus; this is most helpful for fastidious ...Read more