Do fungal infections cross the blood-brain barrier?

They can. While the blood-brain barrier is a critical regulator of interaction between the blood stream and the brain, it cannot keep everything "out". Many infections, including fungal can spread to involve the brain. Some very serious fungal infections commonly involve the brain (central nervous system-cns).

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Can a long term untreated fungal infection reach the brain?

Yes. An expanding fungal infection can reach the brain by eroding bone (from sinuses for example) or via the blood stream (cryptococcosis for example) particularly in the setting of immunodeficiency. Read more...

Would a severe fungal infection in the brain cause an abnormal CBC/CMP or C-réactive protein?

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...

I keep getting under breast fungAl infections... All my blood work is normal. 2 week diflucan (fluconazole) n nystatin didn't work. What can I do now? My life suffer

Rash under breasts. Please see a dermatologist. There are other rashes that look like a fungal infection. Inverse psoriasis is found in the armpits, groin, under the breasts and in other skin folds on the body.It is particularly subject to irritation from rubbing and sweating because of its location in skin folds and tender areas. Please see a dermatologist. I'd be willing to bet it's inverse psoriasis. Read more...

Dear dr. My doctor recommended me gyno- travogen for my fungal infection. Right now I am 12 weeks pregnant. I inserted it once and saw blood on the tube after taking it out. Is it safe?

Bleeding. When you're pregnant, your cervix is friable (bleeds easily). You likely inserted the cream a bit too far inside. I would notify your OB and just confirm he/she doesn't want you evaluated. I prefer using oral diflucan (fluconazole) or the suppositories because of this common issue. Read more...

How do infections cross the blood-brain barrier?

Depends on infection. Some bugs( viruses, bacterias, etc.) are small enough , and if they circulate in blood, can easy cross the barrier, others require trauma or surgery to penetrate the brain. Read more...