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A 32-year-old member asked:

i'm scared of cryptococcus spores! i'm in fresno! please help!?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Cryptosporidiosis: What you need to be concerned about is cyptosporidiosis, not cryptococcus. Both are present in the soil. Cryptococcus affects immunosuppresed individuals. Cryptosporidiosis can affect healthy people but, with infrequent exceptions, it is a mild flu like illness. Unless you have underlying illness, there is no need to be scared.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

Does anyone know what stachybotrys and cryptococcus might be?

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Dr. Dominic Riganotti
Infectious Disease 25 years experience
Fungus: Stachybotrys is a genus of molds, or asexually-reproducing, filamentous fungi. Cryptococcus (latin for "hidden sphere") is a genus of fungus. These fungi grow in culture as yeasts.
A 30-year-old member asked:

I'm scared of going into the fields, where does cryptococcus affect?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Brain, lungs: Cryptococcus, a fungus, is present in the soil and you do not need to be in the fields to catch it, if you are immunosuppressed. If you do not have an immune disorder, you need not worry about restricting your wanderings.
A 36-year-old member asked:

What are the tests for cryptococcus?

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Dr. Seth Zeidman
Neurosurgery 33 years experience
Multiple: Tests that may be done include: blood culture ct scan of the head sputum culture and stain lung biopsy bronchoscopy spinal tap to obtain a sample of cerebrospinal fluid (csf) cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) culture and other tests to check for signs of infection chest x-ray cryptococcal antigen test (looks for a certain molecule that the cryptococcus fungus can shed.
A 31-year-old member asked:

What is the treatment for cryptococcus?

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Dr. Seth Zeidman
Neurosurgery 33 years experience
Medication: Cryptococcosis that does not affect the central nervous system can be treated with Fluconazole alone. Cryptococcal meningitis should be treated for two weeks with intravenous amphotericin b and oral Flucytosine or intravenous Flucytosine if the patient is unable to swallow). This should then be followed by oral Fluconazole for ten weeks[7.
A 36-year-old member asked:

What does cryptococcus affect?

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Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 36 years experience
Usually meningitis: It usually causes a meningitis (infection of the spinal fluid), though it can sometimes disseminate and affect other organs, such as the brain, lung, and skin.

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