A 18-year-old male asked:
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can you get presumed ocular histoplasmosis syndrome from being accidentally spat in the eye by someone who has the histoplasmosis lung infection?

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Dr. Kenneth Horlander
49 years experience Pulmonology
Histoplasmosis: Is it possible - yes. But it isn't likely. I don't think anyone would do any special tests unless you start having some visual disturbance - and in that case you could see an ophthalmologist.
Answered on Nov 14, 2013
Dr. Jon Fishburn
29 years experience Ophthalmology
No: Not transmitted by person to person contact, but by the inhalation of spores from soil contaminated by the excrement of infected birds or bats.
Answered on Dec 10, 2013

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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Goren
31 years experience Ophthalmology
No: that is not how you get POHS
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. H Robert Silverstein
Specializes in Cardiology
Possible: And more likely if you have been on steroids of late. It is less likely if you are having no fever, therefore look for other causes with your md.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
30 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Its not contagious: ...And its not even clear that this is actually caused by a microbe. If your vision is impaired, you should see an ophthalmologist.

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