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Systemic is a term meaning something that is wide spread, affecting an entire system such as the body, society, or economy as a whole. A systemic illness such as a cold or flu may affect the entire body with aches, pains, fever, headache and nausea. To learn more about systemic issues, take a look below at the questions that have been answered by Experts.

Can a sinus infection cause systemic body aches, nerve pain and general fatigue?

When dealing with a sinus infection, many people may be affected by systemic (generalized) aches and fatigue. However nerve pain generally isn't usually a symptom of a sinus infection but may be present if there is a severe infection. A person may experience headaches and pressure pain associated with the sinus infection.

Common treatment for a sinus infection may include clearing the obstruction, thinning the mucus that is common with sinus infections, and opening the sinus. Nasal steroid use is generally protocol to lessen sinus inflammation. A decongestant may be used such as pseudoephedrine, antihistamines, and a steam vaporizer are all common treatments for sinus infection.

What are ways to treat systemic candidiasis?

Certain antifungal medications are usually used to treat systemic candidiasis such as anidulafungin, micofungin, caspofungin, etc. There are other drugs commonly used for systemic candidiasis such as itracnazole, voriconazole, and fluconazole. Usually if a person has recurrent infections, it may be due to a resistance to antifungal medications or not properly treating the infection. Furthermore, if treatment doesn't improve the condition, additional testing may be required to determine if there may be an underlying cause for the infection.

Can someone have a systemic yeast infection without showing signs for a long time?

Generally a systemic fungal infection such as this is considered rare and usually affects very ill people or those who are immuno-suppressed. Many times a person who has had an organ transplant or who may be undergoing chemotherapy is susceptible to fungal infections. However this generally doesn't occur in patients who are immuno-competent. There are blood culture tests to determine if a person is showing symptoms such as weakness, vomiting and fever. However, if a person doesn't show any clinical signs of such issues, the testing is usually unwarranted.

Can systemic enzyme therapies diminish scar tissue, such as keloids?

Systemic enzyme therapy has not been proven to help keloids whatsoever. However there are exfoliant creams that may be helpful by improving the appearance of keloids over long periods of time. A dermatologist may use dermabrasion which may also improve the appearance.

The most promising treatment for keloids may be laser procedures which are performed by a plastic surgeon. Traditional knife surgery may create more keloids as well as present certain risks commonly associated with any surgery. Steroid injections may be another option that may be discussed with the individual's doctor.

When a person is dealing with a systemic health issue, many medical and personal questions may arise. If a person has questions or concern regarding a systemic issue, the person should ask an Expert for medical clarity and suggestions for proper treatment.
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