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Severe Fungal Infection Cytokine Inhibitors
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
Higher but still low: Anti-tumor necrosis factor drugs have emerged as important agents in the treatment of many chronic inflammatory diseases. One of the risks of anti-tnf therapy is the small but significant risk of serious opportunistic infection. These include increased risks of certain fungal, viral and bacterial infections, but not to all pathogens. The risk is still small and should be balanced with benefits. ...Read more
How to find the Bug (bacteria, virus, fingi, parassite, mycoplasma etc) that caused an orticaria, acute pneumonia, atypical broncospasm, mass ?
Does fluticasone / Q var immunocompromise respiratory epithelium? I'm in healthcare & I garden. Increased risk of viral, bacterial, or fungal infx?
Minimal risk at most: If anything, underlying allergies and/or asthma will leave you at greater risk to develop infections. The anti-inflammatory treatment your referenced can theoretically reduce the inflammatory response, but they intend to do just that. Patients with allergic conditions have high inflammation levels that benefit from such treatment. ...Read more
Do inhaled corticosteroids increase susceptibility to fungal/bacterial resp. infections (besides candida)? Environmental mold, or healthcare exposure?
Could either severe dengue fever and/or antibiotic induced anaphylactic shock trigger a chronic obstruction of hepatobiliary system? Thank you.
Do anti malaria drugs such as plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) suppress the immune system and cause susceptibility to infections or no ?
No it Does Not: No it does not suppress immune system and cause susceptibility to infections. ...Read more
13500 WBC 46% lymps, chronic muscle deep tissue infection, pain in knees. Responded using ciprofloxicin to tr ear infection. Blood culture next?
Knee infection : The best way to rule out knee joint infection is to aspirate the knee joint and examine the fluid for organisms and perform cell count and culture/sensitivity to determine appropriate antibiotics. If you have high fever and chills consistent with generalized illness then blood culture will be necessary. You need to see you doctor who can examine you and decide what to do next good luck. ...Read more
Had sinus surgery; wonder if chronic inflammation, tinea versicolor, chronic/mild yeast infect., & infectious hidradenitis is diet or something else?
Likely bacterial.: Although reports of fungal prostatitis have been reported in the literature, this disease is quite rare, limited to severely immune-compromised (transplant or hiv) patients who are hospitalized. If your have a prostatic infection, it is most likely bacterial and candida is a urinary or culture contaminant. I recommend you see a urologist for evaluation & treatment. ...Read more
No: They are two entirely different issues with entirely different treatments. ...Read more
Ross River Virus Jan2014, subsequent rash & pernicious anaemia. Rash appears to be BULLOUS PEMPHIGOLD. Topical ointment NOVASONE largely ineffectual ?
Ouch!: If you haven't, see a Dermatologist - here's good info: http://www.dermnet.com/videos/bullous-diseases/autoimmune-blistering-diseases-of-the-basement-membrane-zone/bullous-pemphigoid-treatment/ You may need systemic corticosteroids but they have some bad side EFX. I hope it helps! Wish I could say 'No worries'. ...Read more
Molecular mimicry is a possible cause of some forms of autoimmunity due to bacterial infection..Do fungal/viral infections ever cause autoimmunity?
Molecular mimicry: Why yes viral infections certainly do display molecular mimicry. Most commonly are the herpesvirus family (herpes simplex, varicella, cmv, ebv...16 in all). That is why these viruses remain latent within us and if the immune system is disrupted by acquired immunodeficiencies (age, chemotherapy, HIV or other viral infections) these viruses then reactivate. ...Read more
I have a severe toenail fungal infection which has not been cured by daktarin tincture used for months.Is loceryl gaurenteed to work better.
I have scars on my penis shaft where it makes contact with the testicals as a result of a severe fungal infection I had as a toddler. Is there a safe/effective way to have scar revision surgery on the penis?
Was taking Metronidazole for bacterial vaginosis but it caused severe itching and a foul odour. Does it mean I have a yeast fungal infection instead?
Maybe, probably not: Yeast infections cause itching but usually not odor. Probably the odor is from the BV itself, even if first noticed after starting treatment. But regardless of odor, the itching could indicate a yeast infection. Allergy to metronidazole unlikely but possible. You also need to be checked for other STDs like gonorrhea, chlamydia, and trichomonas if not yet done. Discuss with your doctor or clinic. ...Read more
I have fungal infection severely like ring worm and rashes under 2 breast and over stomach area and also nearby vaginal area.. It's so itching.
Blood tests: There are a few diseases that leap out from blood tests. Most of the time, however, blood tests don't tell the doctor much on their own, not very specific. CBC and CRP are swayed by many conditions. These include the broad categories of cancer, infection, and inflammatory disease. Fungal brain infection is just one of the myriad possibilities, some serious and some not. ...Read more
My lymph node, behind the ear has swollen. L had severe fungal infection in my hair follicles.Isthe swelling related to the infection.
It may well be: Part of the body's response to infection is to produce antibodies, and it is probable lymph nodes in the area could swell. ...Read more
Fungal infection: Typically, for the majority of people, it is relatively easy to treat 'fungal infections' using both over-the-counter medications, or medications that only we can provide you. However, there are a variety of factors that determine how 'easy' it is to treat including where it is located, your present medical problems and medications that you are presently taking. Thus, follow up with pcp. ...Read more
I am suffering from fungal infection in my genetial area. The infection keeps spreading , what are it's cures?
Dermatomycoses: This needs to be seen to be properly assessed and managed. Generally superficial fungal skin infections of this nature are managed well with topical antifungal medications, but occasionally may require systemic therapy. See your doctor. Best wishes. ...Read more
Patience.Treatment: Fungal infections are generally quite difficult to treat depending on site.This is not something you can do with OTC products generally.As you are a male I am assuming skin ,nail or scalp infection.You will have to see your doctor.Skin and nail infections can take months to treat. ...Read more
I would think that: most men would be concerned about any type of possible infection involving their genitalia. ...Read more
Very itchy: Fungal infections in the scalp are usually extremely itchy and scaly, can cause localized hair loss, and are frequently associated with swollen lymph nodes in the neck. If you have these symptoms please see your dermatologist for treatment, as you will require prescription medication. ...Read more
See below: Factors that disrupt the natural balance of microorganisms that live in the vagina predispose you to this. Examples include: antibiotic use; douches/feminine sprays; scratches in the vagina (from tampons); tight clothing or underwear (hot, moist, irritating); hormonal changes; birth control pills. I assume you are healthy and therefore i will not go into the other more rare causes. ...Read more
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