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What are differences between a fungal skin condition and a parasitic one?

Fungi & Parasites: A parasitic organism is one that obtains nourishment from its host, which has to be another living organism. Though a fungi can be a parasitic organism, it is not true that all fungi are parasitic. In fact, many fungi survive perfectly well by living off the decaying organic material that has accumulated along the forest floor. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a fungal and yeast infection?

What is the difference between a fungal and yeast infection?

Yeast infection: Fungi can be yeasts or molds. Some fungi have both yeast and mold phases of growth, and this will depend often upon whether they are in the human body or in nature or in culture in the laboratory. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between a scabies itch, and an after scabies treatment itch? Or are they both just as severe?

Is there a difference between a scabies itch, and an after scabies treatment itch? Or are they both just as severe?

Tough to treat: Scabies are tough to treat. Sometimes it takes 2-3 treatments to fully kill the mites. If you are still having the symptoms you may need an additional treatment. ...Read more

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What are the main differences between psoriasis of the scalp and seborrheic dermatitis? Is there a cure for s. Dermatitis? Why does it happen? Ty dr

What are the main differences between psoriasis of the scalp and seborrheic dermatitis? Is there a cure for s. Dermatitis? Why does it happen?  Ty dr

Seborrheic dermatiti: Seborrheic dermatitis is a common skin disorder that mainly affects your scalp, causing scaly, itchy, red skin and stubborn dandruff. The cause is unknown.Seborrheic dermatitis tends to be chronic, and there's usually no strategy that stops it permanently. But treatments, including many you can try at home, may control your signs and symptoms during a flare-up.See a dermatologist so they can help u. ...Read more

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Hello is there a difference in manifestations and treatment of keratosis pilaris and phrynoderma? Thanks

Hello is there a difference in manifestations and treatment of keratosis pilaris and  phrynoderma? Thanks

Dermatology: Keratosis pilaris or chicken skin, a common, autosomal dominant, genetic follicular condition manifested by rough, slightly red, bumps on skin most often on the back and outer sides of the arm can also occur on the thighs, hands, and tops of legs, sides, buttocks. Phrynoderma is a follicular hyperkeratosis probably due to deficiency of vitamin a or of essential fatty acids & may be confused. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a cyst and a skin tag?

What is the difference between a cyst and a skin tag?

Both Benign: Both are benign growths. A cyst is a dilated hair follicle, while a skin tag is a piece of loose skin. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a rosacea and a lupus rash?

What is the difference between a rosacea and a lupus rash?

Big difference: Rosacea tends to be a reactive process in response to various stimulants that may eventually produce long term skin changes such as rhinophyma that are commonly treated with avoidance and antibiotics whereas lupus is associated with a "butterfly" rash that is a manifestation of an underlying autoimmune disease that are commonly treated with steroids. ...Read more

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What are the differences between MRSA and a boil?

What are the differences between MRSA and a boil?

Bugs and boils: MRSA stands for Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, an increasingly common bacteria that can cause different clinical conditions from boils or skin abscesses to blood-borne life threatening infections. Boils,on the other hand, can be caused by bacteria other than MRSA. ...Read more

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Is there a number one doctor-recommended solution on skin infections caused by scabies?

Is there a number one doctor-recommended solution on skin infections caused by scabies?

Topical medication: Treatment requires a prescription, typically of a topical medication such as: permethrins, crotamiton, or lindane . As second line therapy Ivermectin is effective but is "off label" ( ie. Not an fda approved indication). Space limitations can't do justice to this topic- go to the cdc website for the best answer-http://www.Cdc.Gov/parasites//scabies/. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get ringworm from wearing a dirty cap/beanie for a week? What are some symptoms or signs of ringworm of scalp?

Is it possible to get ringworm from wearing a dirty cap/beanie for a week? What are some symptoms or signs of ringworm of scalp?

Yes: Ringworm of the skin is fungal infection.Fungi that cause ringworm live and spread on the top layer of skin and on hair. They grow best in warm, moist areas, such as locker rooms and swimming pools, and in skin folds.Ringworm is contagious, spreading when skin-to-skin contact with person or animal or spread when you share things like towels, clothing, or sports apparel. ...Read more

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What is the difference between apperant picture of the melanoma and skin fungal infection?

Very different: Melanomas usually start in a pigmented lesion (not always). And slowly grow and may bleed or ulcerate. Fungal infections begin in moist creases or folds and have white arches or raised itchy pink skin and usually respond to treatment by keeping the area clean and dry whereas a melanoma will not. Any lesion present for over a month should be evaluated by a dermatologist. ...Read more

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What are the differences between a periapical cyst and a keratocyst?

What are the differences between a periapical cyst and a keratocyst?

OKC vs periapical: Odontogenic keratocyst (OKC) is a developmental, noninflammatory chronic cyst. Periapical cyst is an inflammatory process originating from a non-vital tooth. The clinical, radiographic, and histopathological correlations are the key for proper patient diagnosis. See an oral surgeon. ...Read more

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Is there a diagnostic test for fungal infections of the skin?

Is there a diagnostic test for fungal infections of the skin?

See below: Yes. Skin scrapings can be treated with potassium hydroxide and examined under the microscope. In addition, skin scrapings can be implanted on sabouraud's medium. If a fungus is present, it will grow in the medium and produce a characteristic appearance. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a virus and a fungus?

What is the difference between a virus and a fungus?

Fungus vs virus: Fungus is a living organism with a cell wall. Any of a group of unicellular, multicellular, or syncytial spore-producing organisms feeding on organic matter, including molds, yeast, ... Virus is an infective agent that typically consists of a nucleic acid molecule in a protein coat, is too small to be seen by light microscopy, ... ...Read more

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I use miconazole it causes my skin to be red, is this is a sign of allergy to miconazole?how to differentiate between fungal and bacterial jock itch?

I use miconazole it causes my skin to be red, is  this is a sign of allergy to miconazole?how to differentiate between fungal and bacterial jock itch?

It is typically: not easy to tell between the two mentioned, as both can reach a point of severity that would make the rash/ skin reaction appear similar. Both can become pustular and/or weepy, though fungal infections are typically less inflammatory appearing than bacterial. It is best that you see a healthcare provider to diagnose and treat your properly. Thanks for trusting in HealthTap. ...Read more

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How to tell the difference between acne and a stahp infection? What are some indicators I could look for that would rule out MRSA from normal acne?

How to tell the difference between acne and a stahp infection? What are some indicators I could look for that would rule out MRSA from normal acne?

Difficult To Tell: Unfortunately, it is difficult to tell the difference between a normal pimple and one that is caused by MRSA. They can both appear as a red and swollen bump, be painful to touch, and be filled with pus. If you are concerned about a possible MRSA infection, you should visit with your doctor. He/she can prescribe a topical antibiotic such as mupirocin or a body wash containing chlorhexidine. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a yeast infection and a bacterial infection in the vagina? How different are the symptoms?

What is the difference between a yeast infection and a bacterial infection in the vagina? How different are the symptoms?

The difference is: A yeast infection is caused by yeast. The bacterial infection that i think you are referring to is not actually an infection. It's an imbalance of the vaginal flora/bacteria. Hope this clarifies. ...Read more

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What type of itch is typically associated with liver disease? Is it a deep itch or more of an ants crawling on your skin itch? Thanks.

What type of itch is typically associated with liver disease? Is it a deep itch or more of an ants crawling on your skin itch? Thanks.

Pruritus/Cholestasis: The liver has hepatocytes that elaborate bile into cannaliculi. Bile passageways coalesce into the common bile duct. When liver disease is present, flow of bile is interrupted and itching presents because of the buildup of toxic bile substances. Studies show this pruritus or itching affects the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet, but can be generalized as well. Varied intensity/duration. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between eczema an scabies is there different symptoms for each one?

How can you tell the difference between eczema an scabies is there different symptoms for each one?

Similar symptoms: Scabies occur usually on wrists, between fingers, groin, axilla, buttocks and neck. Eczema usually occurs on backs of knees, flexural folds, hands and neck. Sometimes eczema and scabies can look similar. You need to be seen by a skin doctor to get a scraping if you think you might have scabies. ...Read more

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Is a yeast infection and vaginal fungal infection the same thing? If not, what is best treatment for fungal and what are its causes?

Is a yeast infection and vaginal fungal infection the same thing?  If not, what is best treatment for fungal and what are its causes?

Yeast=fungus: Yeast is a fungus, by definition. Best treatment is to try to determine what may have provoked it? Changes in diet, sleep, stress, detergent, clothing, sex practices., etc. Second is otc anti-fungal like clotrimazole, Miconazole or any vaginal anti-fungal. If that doesn't work, then diflucan, (fluconazole) an oral pill. And lastly, elimination diet. A great book, the v book, goes into detail about yeast! ...Read more

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