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Can people have rust fungus infections?

Discussion in 'Fungal Infection (Yeast, Candida)' started by WillowJ, May 27, 2015.

  1. WillowJ

    WillowJ คภภเє ɠรค๓թєl

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    The internet says no. But I think I might?
     
  2. Little Bluestem

    Little Bluestem All Good Things Must Come to an End

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    Do you mean the rust fungus that plants get? Why do you think you might have one?
     
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    WillowJ คภภเє ɠรค๓թєl

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    yes. I found something that looks like that on my orthodontic appliance.

    This past week it seemed like the days it bloomed on my appliance, I had worse IBS.
     
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    There are various species of molds in nature that are orange in color. Is what you found orange? It could be one of these other species rather than rust fungus.

    Not saying this is great info, but for what it's worth...
     
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    Do you use a disinfecting soak for your appliance?
     
  6. WillowJ

    WillowJ คภภเє ɠรค๓թєl

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    yes. I had slacked off since my last GI infection (too sick to bother with details) but it has been there a long time. It is better now that I resumed soaking it, but I can never get rid of it entirely.
     
  7. WillowJ

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    It just really strongly reminded me of rust fungus from microbiology text, but as that was a long time ago, and I didn't try to use a microscope to examine it, and as you say there are other similar things (color & texture), it's quite possible it's something else.
     
  8. Little Bluestem

    Little Bluestem All Good Things Must Come to an End

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    Has your orthodontist seen it?
     
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    WillowJ คภภเє ɠรค๓թєl

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    Not yet. But I have an appointment.

    I just wondered if anyone else had anything they thought could be related to a rust fungus infection. If it's unique to me, it's probably not that.
     
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    You could try growing it on grape pulp at room temperature (20ish deg C). Stop using mouthwashes for a few days, then work up some saliva (not sputum) from your cheeks and spit it into a jar of grape pulp. I think that a lot of us are infected with Sporothrix globosa, a recently identified subspecies of Sporothrix schenckii. Schenck grew Sporothrix on grape pulp 120 years ago so it should be good enough for us.

    WARNING: Sporothrix acts on grape pulp as brewers yeast does; makes lots of carbon dioxide, so don't use a jar with a screw top or it will explode. Make sure the jar is well ventilated.
    S. globosa stops growing at around 36.5 deg C so specimens cultured at 37 deg C (all specimens are cultured at 37 deg C) are negative. It should be cultured at 35 deg C but pathologists don't bother. Furthermore it will grow en vivo at temperate latitudes but cannot grow en vivo at low altitude on the equator (where we are losing heat 24/7 to keep our core temp down to 37 deg C), so it could be involved in the pathogenesis of MS.

    It is also exhibits very low virulence in laboratory mice.

    This fungus ticks too many boxes for comfort.
     

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