Coccidioidomycosis

Below you will find more information about Coccidioidomycosis from Medigest. If you believe that you are suffering from any of the symptoms of Coccidioidomycosis it is important that you obtain an accurate diagnosis from a medical professional to ensure that you obtain the correct medication or treatment for your condition. There are medical conditions that carry similar symptoms associated with Coccidioidomycosis and therefore the information provided by Medigest is offered as a guideline only and should never be used in preference to seeking professional medical advice. The information relating to Coccidioidomycosis comes from a third party source and Medigest will not be held liable for any inaccuracies relating to the information shown.

Definition

Coccidioidomycosis is an infectious condition brought about by fungus known as coccidioides immitis found in soil. The disease affects the skin and lungs, and is distinguished by too much nodules and sputum. It may occur as a severe or mild, progressive infections spreading all through one's body. Coccidioidomycosis' progressive form can often be fatal.

Diagnosis

Doctors might suspect the presence of the disease if an individual develops the symptoms after recent traveling or living in a place where the illness is common. X-rays of the chest typically reveal abnormalities, however, further tests might be needed in confirming diagnosis.

Treatment

Acute forms of the disease often go away even without any treatment. Treatment of any flu-like symptom and bedrest is suggested until fever disappears. Severe cases must be treated with fluconazole, ketoconazole, amphotericin, or itraconazole.

Symptoms and Signs

The majority of people that have acute primary occidioidomycosis are without symptoms. If symptoms do appear, they come one to three weeks after an individual becomes infected. Symptoms are typically mild, including chills, fever, cough, chest pain, and at times breath shortness. The cough can produce sputum. Its progressive form has symptoms that include appetite loss, weight loss, strength loss, and mild fever.

Causes

The infection is mainly caused by the inhalation of the fungus spores called coccidioides immitis.

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