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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christine Hom
29 years experience in Pediatrics
Fungal infection: Histoplasmosis is an infection that is seen in people from the Midwest, caused by a fungus in the soil. It is also associated with bat droppings and ... Read More

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Dr. John Goldman
54 years experience in Rheumatology
Sometimes: In general it is an infection, especially in the lungs, lymph nodes, speen and much of this can be painless. If there is bone or joint invovlement ... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
48 years experience in Infectious Disease
No: Histoplasma is a dimorphic fungus that exists as a mold in the environment and a yeast in humans. Everyone in the endemic areas for the fungus is equ ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Walsh
16 years experience in Addiction Medicine
Yes: Mild forms of the disease usually resolve on their own without treatment (most cases), disseminated cases can be treated with itraconazole (a pill) or ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Friedman
40 years experience in Dermatology
Lab Testing: The diagnosis of histoplasmosis can be complicated depending upon the area of the body that is affected. Testing is not usually necessary for mild ca ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fisher
31 years experience in Dermatology
Histoplasmosis: About 90% of infections caused by h. Capsulatum are asymptomatic (produce no symptoms). Occasionally, a few asymptomatic patients will show small scar ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
30 years experience in Pulmonary Critical Care
Don't (usually): Histoplasmosis is almost always a self limited disease. While we have excellent drugs to treat it, they should be reserved for people who have symptom ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
30 years experience in Pulmonary Critical Care
Histo.: In some areas of the country almost half the population has lung nodules detectable on a ct and histo gets blamed for many of them, with or without pr ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fisher
31 years experience in Dermatology
Histoplasmosis: About 90% of infections caused by h. Capsulatum are asymptomatic (produce no symptoms). Occasionally, a few asymptomatic patients will show small scar ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
30 years experience in Pulmonary Critical Care
Location: Location (where you live) is what gets you exposed to histo. Histo usually only gets you sick if you are immunosuppressed, or if you have a very large ... Read More
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