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November 5, 2011 11:06 PM Subscribe
What could I be doing that keeps getting me infected with fungal infections and infections in general?
posted by These Birds of a Feather to Health & Fitness (18 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
This is a longshot, but I gotta ask someone who isn't my doctor, and yes, I know, this is the internet, none of you are doctors/my doctor/valid medical advice. Please don't harass me for this. I am out of town, can't access my normal health care provider, my blood test results aren't back, and I am sick and stressed.
I have been to Urgent Care and my doctor's office more times this year than I care to admit. I've had minor sinus infections, UTIs, fungal infections, YIs, and even a bout of shingles that thankfully got taken care of within a few days of treatment. Now I'm breaking out in these weird pimples on my face and my inner thighs, and I just discovered a new case of ringworm inside that little dip under my nose (fourth area). I have tested negative for STDs, I'm not pregnant, and I just had my doctor do a full blood panel on absolutely everything we could think of except cholesterol.
I am doing all that I can not to think of myself as unwell but why am I getting infections all the time? I am ashamed of going to Urgent Care over and over every few months. It's not like I'm faking it; the only thing that my doctors can't explain is why I keep getting infected with these things.
What am I doing wrong? I wash my clothes and bedding and towels like I'm supposed to, I take showers regularly, I use sulfate- and detergent-free soaps and laundry solutions. What do I do if my blood tests don't yield anything conclusive? Could a nutrient deficiency cause this?
Factors I am trying to correlate: I take BC (Zovia), this is the first year I've ever had sex, I have not been able to exercise super regularly but I do enough where I sweat pretty good once or twice a week, I am not often thirsty and am frequently dehydrated, and sometimes I have bizarrely strong fatigue. My thyroid is being tested, and diabetes has been eliminated as a possible cause.