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Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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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 had a check up to check the white spots at my back like a map but the dr said that it was not a fungal infection, they examine my back by scraping a?

I had a check up to check the white spots at my back like a map but the dr said that it was not a fungal infection, they examine my back by scraping a?

Skin sample: There is a type of skin rash called tinea versicolor which causes white patches to appear on the skin. Fungal skin rashes are typically diagnosed by collecting a skin sample and looking for the fungus under a microscope. Another common white skin rash is called vitiligo, which may be what your doctor diagnosed. Please call your doctor's office if you have any questions or concerns. ...Read more

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What are the signs of a fungal infection? My back and upper arm is so itchy and its having a white spots like a map

What are the signs of a fungal infection? My back and upper arm is so itchy and its having a white spots like a map

Depends on type: Candida/yeast is creamy white, tends to occur in skin folds, groin, under breasts. Tinea versicolor doesn't tan, has irregular borders, slightly scaly edges. Tinea corporis/ringworm starts as red spot that grows outward in ring shape; edge is raised, scaly; center appears normal. Vitiligo (not a fungus) is patches of hypopigmentation. Skin scraping & test for fungus by doc can be a start. ...Read more

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I have itchy white spots on my scrotum 1-2 days ago. I scratch it in sleep. Had fungal infection 2-3 weeks ago still on fluconazole150mg tablets weekl?

I have itchy white spots on my scrotum 1-2 days ago. I scratch it in sleep. Had fungal infection 2-3 weeks ago still on fluconazole150mg tablets weekl?

Here are some...: Are you sure that scrotal itchy spots are related with skin fungal infection? If not improving under fluconazole as expected, try applying topical cream with anifungal agent with 1% hydrocortison gingerly 1-2 times daily and keep the affected area as clean & dry as possible without using much soap or cleansing soap since contact dermatitis, atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, & dermatomycosis are common ...Read more

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Is it normal in healing process of fungal infection between breasts, the red itchy rash turns into brown spot? Will it turn into usual skin color?

Is it normal in healing process of fungal infection between breasts, the red itchy rash turns into brown spot? Will it turn into usual skin color?

Generally: With time the skin color may return to normal, but there are instances when, since some of the inflammatory cells take up pigmented damaged tissue, that the area may remain darker than the surrounding area. Ask anyone who has had hematomas (blood collections in tissue), in which the uptake of iron by macrophages results in permanent dark areas. Not in everybody, but some. ...Read more

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I have like 4 spots open on coxys, itch and burns, 3rd time treated by docts by fungal infection, but it was gone and return, help, how can I cure it?

I have like 4 spots open on coxys, itch and burns, 3rd time treated by docts by fungal infection, but it was gone and return, help, how can I cure it?

Fungal: If the fungal spots got better with fungal cream I would suggest another bout of fungal cream. And if it recurs would get rechecked again. ...Read more

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Dr. Said few brownish reddish spots on my right back are Fungal infection. Diflucan weekly for 1 month + Clarazole every other day. Is she right? Meds

Dr. Said few brownish reddish spots on my right back are Fungal infection. Diflucan weekly for 1 month + Clarazole every other day. Is she right? Meds

Probably wrong: If you have tinea versicolor, the fluconazole pill will be 1 dose, perhaps 1 more after a week. If you use ketoconazole cream, use every day. If the Dr thinks it is tinea corporis then it must be determined how you got it. A few reddish-brown spots on your right back is not a good description of either tinea. ...Read more

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I've had a fungal infection around my neck area everytime I sweat this happens but really bad on my neck how do I get the black spots away?

I've had a fungal infection around my neck area everytime I sweat this happens but really bad on my neck how do I get the black spots away?

Bleaching cream: Most bleaching creams contain hydroquinone. This medication shuts down the melanocytes, the cells that make pigment. This product can be irritating, especially in those with sensitive skin. When irritation occurs, darkening can occur, but more typically redness and scaling occurs.
Some patients get a parodoxical reaction in which the skin gets darker and not lighter, but this is uncommon. ...Read more

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I had fungal infection under arm naw that's gone I am inching all over with little red spots?

I had fungal infection under arm naw that's gone I am inching all over with little red spots?

See a doctor: Not likely to be related to a superficial fungal infection. This needs to be seen and a history and exam obtained to establish the cause. Good luck. ...Read more

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Have brown and red raised spots with some scaling under both breasts. Is this a. Fungal infection no itching or burning?

Have brown and red raised spots with some scaling under both breasts. Is this a. Fungal infection no itching or burning?

Sebborheic keratoses: These are benign but can be itchy or irritated. A dermatologist can easily diagnose & treat these. ...Read more

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I have scars in my cheek and a large red spot on my temple (fungal infections!), my doctor gave me CICAPLAST BAUME B5, how long it takes scars to heal?

I have scars in my cheek and a large red spot on my temple (fungal infections!), my doctor gave me CICAPLAST BAUME B5, how long it takes scars to heal?

Some time for this: Now if the skin has left a scar you are looking at a long time to fade and appear to blend in with the skin. Eventually will improve but looking at a long time ...Read more

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The fungal infection is gone now, but it leat a pink spot scar around the groin, is that normal? Is in the same place the rash was!

The fungal infection is gone now, but it leat a pink spot scar around the groin, is that normal? Is in the same place the rash was!

Post inflam erythema: This discoloration is called post inflammatory erythema which I liken to foot prints in the snow. As the weather warms the snow melts and eventually there is no trace of the foot prints. Give it 2-3 months! ...Read more

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After treating fungal infection between breasts with clotrimazole, after 3 weeks brown spot appeared instead of rash-will it fade away and turn normal?

After treating fungal infection between breasts with clotrimazole, after 3 weeks brown spot appeared instead of rash-will it fade away and turn normal?

Probably: Sometimes after skin is infected or irritated, it can come back temporarily with less or more pigment leading to darker or lighter tinted skin. It should get back to its original color in a few months. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of fungal infections on skin?

There are: Topical anti-fungal creams that can be used. ...Read more

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Can I use over-the-counter medication to combat skin fungal infections?

Can I use over-the-counter medication to combat skin fungal infections?

Yes: There are numerous options for otc anti-fungal medical treatments. They will typically be organized and marketed by location on the body such as scalp, body, or feet. Clotrimazole and terbinafine are two common otc anti-fungals. If your rash or infection is not responding to otc treatment, seek medical attention. ...Read more

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Can I use powders and drying agents on my skin to prevent fungal infections?

Fungus & moisture: Fungus like warm moist environments. Areas with skin-on-skin contact (the folds of your body, armpits, groin, under breasts, etc) or increased sweating are more prone to fungal infections than drier skin areas. Drying agents, like powders, can help prevent many fungal infections by minimizing the moist environment they prefer. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I have been undergoing treatment for skin fungal infection but without any result.?

What do you suggest if I have been undergoing treatment for skin fungal infection but without any result.?

Skin fungal infx: I would ask you first how compliant and how long you have been using the medication. It is not uncommon for the meds to take up to 4-6 months to completely eradicate the infection. If you are a couple of months into treatment and have been using the medicine exactly as prescribed, then I would consider an oral mediation for you after scrapings have been done for culture to identify the exact fungus ...Read more

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I had a facial fungal infection from the sun. I picked at it, which has now left me with pore like holes in my skin. Tried exfoliation but no luck.?

Improve not remove: Many options exist for cosmetic improvement and include anti-inflammatories, peels, exfoliation, lasers, resurfacing, bleaching, excision, grafting, fillers, and much more, scars vary in their severity and so do the treatments. See a plastic surgeon, dermatologist or ENT for options. ...Read more

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I am suffering from fungal infection on head from many years and lost almost 90% hairs. Pls suggest?

I am suffering from fungal infection on head from many years and lost almost 90% hairs. Pls suggest?

Fungal Foe: First and foremost, proper identification of the fungus in question is necessary for proper treatment. Scalp infections can be difficult to treat and usually require an oral medication for several months along with topical therapy in the form of a shampoo and/or topical cream. Light therapy has also been touted to help, but results are mixed. Recalcitrant cases can suggest an immunity problem. ...Read more

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Have fungal infection in my head scalp., my hair is also thinning. What should I do?

Have fungal infection in my head scalp., my hair is also thinning. What should I do?

Fungal infection of: See a dermatologist. Get the fungal infection cultured to determine the type of fungus. The doctor can start you on a topical antifungal shampoo until the culture returns and then decide if you need to be treated with systemic antifungal medicine. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Dugan
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