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what're the symtoms of valley fever in people?

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Dr. Stevan Cordas
Internal Medicine 57 years experience
Valley fever: Cocciodiomycosis is a invasive fungal disease that can be asymptomatic or resemble tuberculosis or histoplasmosis symptoms that are usually respiratoryin nature.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Valley Fever: Valley Fever (Coccidioidomycosis) may have no sx's or cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, fatigue, low fever, night sweats, headache, muscle/joint pain, rash, weight loss. Can be diagnosed via serologic tests for coccidioidomycosis or cultures.

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A 19-year-old member asked:

What is valley fever, and what do you do to cure it ?

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Dr. Randy Burgett
Dr. Randy Burgett answered
General Practice 9 years experience
Fungal infection: Valley fever is from spores of coccidioides immitis entering the body through the lungs. This is a fungal infection that is usually seen in deserts of the southwest us and central south america. Valley fever usually goes away without treatment, but you may need to be treated with an anti-fungal if you have a weakened immune system.
A 42-year-old member asked:

What is valley fever?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Coccidiodomycosis: Coccidiodes immitus is a dimorphic fungus (may exist in either a yeast or mold form) which exists in the U.S. In a limited but expanding geographic distribution. Originally cases were recognized as common in the san juaquin valley and were given the name of valley fever. Most people have self-limited disease, but this can be a very bad actor, partic in immune compromised persons.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Is there a valley fever type problem from any desert?

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Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
Coccidiodomycosis: Coccidiodomycosis (valley fever, after the central valley of california) is found in the usa in the lower sonoran life zone from the central valley of california into arizona and texas then south into mexico and parts of central and south america. It is not found in asia, africa, australia or europe unless the infection was originally acquired in an endemic area.
A 36-year-old member asked:

How long will valley fever last for most people?

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Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Most will never know: Many (maybe more than 50%) never knew they had it. For those who become symptomatic and seek treatment it seems like a few weeks to months of pneumonia like sx with prominent fatigue and joint discomfort.
A 46-year-old member asked:

In arizona, is there such a thing as valley fever?

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Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Yes.: You are referring to the fungus coccidiodes immitis (cocci for short) which causes the lung disease coccidiomycosis sometimes referred to as valley fever. It is common in the central california valley and southwest. The infection is often mild and not diagnosed, but it can leave nodules, scarring or cavities that can appear on chest x ray. It can disseminate and cause serious disease in some.

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