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Doctor insights on: Coccidiomycosis In Children

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What sort of disease is coccidiomycosis?

What sort of disease is coccidiomycosis?

Fungal disease: Coccidioidomycosis is a fungal disease that occurs in dry desert environments like the southwest U.S. You get it by breathing fungal particles from soil. The infection starts in the lungs but can spread to other parts of the body including the joints, skin, or lymph nodes. It can cause meningitis. Also known as "valley fever", it may go away on its own or need treatment with antifungal drugs. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Berry
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Coccidiomycosis (Definition)

It is a fungus found in in the southwest whose spores if inhaled can cause various forms of respiratory illness- most often benign in nature, and self limited. Other names for this illness are ...Read more


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What are the consequences of having coccidiomycosis?

What are the consequences of having coccidiomycosis?

Valley Fever: Coccidioidomycosis or valley fever is a fungal infection common in the southwest United States. 60% of those infected have no symptoms. Those that do have flu-like symptoms. Most fully recover without any lasting effects. A few may develop a chronic lung infection or a widespread infection and need treatment. ...Read more

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How can you make sure you don't get coccidiomycosis?

How can you make sure you don't get coccidiomycosis?

Avoid San Joaquin: Valley and other areas of the southwest & northern mexico where the mold, coccidioidomycosis immitis is found. The high frequency of cases in central california led to the name "valley fever". C. Immitis is dormant in dry weather & becomes active in the rainy season. So you can probably visit fresno in the summer. Anyone is susceptible. Half the folks living in endemic areas have been infected. ...Read more

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Are some people more prone to getting coccidiomycosis?

Are some people more prone to getting coccidiomycosis?

YES: Depends on geography (exposure to the fungus esp in San Joaquin Valley in CA, southwest AZ, and southern border of TX and NM), genetic background (African or Filipino descent), and immunity (immmunosuppressed people with AIDS, transplant, on chemotherapy are more prone to getting it), and exposure to dust (digging a ditch or gardening). ...Read more

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How bad can a person get when they have coccidiomycosis?

It can be deadly: Usually mild, in people with weak immune systems or sometimes in normal hosts, it can be a severe or even deadly disease. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: coccidiomycosis?

A fungus: It is a fungus found in in the southwest whose spores if inhaled can cause various forms of respiratory illness- most often benign in nature, and self limited. Other names for this illness are desert or valley fever. ...Read more

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My brother has coccidiomycosis. Should I be worried about this?

Valley Fever: For yourself, no. For your brother it depends on whether he has a mild or complicated case. Coccidioidomycosis aka valley fever is an infection caused by inhaling the microscopic spores of the fungus coccidioides immitis. The lungs are the primary organ of involvement. Try this website for comprehensive information http://www. Valley-fever. Org/. ...Read more

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My doctor talked over my head. We are confused. What is coccidiomycosis?

My doctor talked over my head. We are confused. What is coccidiomycosis?

Valley Fever: Coccidioidomycosis aka valley fever is an infection caused by inhaling the microscopic spores of the fungus coccidioides immitis. The lungs are the primary organ of involvement. Try this website for comprehensive information http://www. Valley-fever. Org/. ...Read more

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Can my local primary care doctor treat coccidiomycosis?

Yes: But do you really have the disease? Did they perform the correct test? If you have the disease, they can easily treat. If they are worried, then an infectious disease specialist might be a better option. ...Read more

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How can a person with coccidiomycosis prevent from getting one lung removed?

Antifungals: Antifungal medication can take care of most cases of coccidiomycosis. A small % of patients may develop chronic lung problems such as a nodule or cavity in the lungs, or chronic pneumonia. Even in these cases, antifungals over a long period of time (usually at least a yr) are used. Surgery may be required for a ruptured cavity or some lung nodules, but rarely would someone lose an entire lung. ...Read more

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I am married in 1 year no children en problem in my health would you eat that type of food can be eat him in my husband and me?

I am married in 1 year no children en problem in my health would you eat that type of food can be eat him in my husband and me?

Chocolate: This is not scientific but neither is having babies! Try anything chocolate. Eat romantic foods. Avoid alcohol and stimulants. Relax. Enjoy being married without children. The more you relax and enjoy your spouse the better your marriage will be and the more prepared you we be to be a parent. You are learning patience and you will need it! OB doctors have solutions for you when wanted ...Read more

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I can have children?

I can have children?

Hopefully: If you want to have children but are not trying presently, there are some tests that can help tell you more. But the only way to absolutely prove one way or another is to attempt pregnancy with your partner. See your gynecologist: they can help you with the available tests. ...Read more

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Why children feel giddy?

Why children feel giddy?

Vertigo?: Many children get very dizzy at times without definite cause. Some are due to ear infections or ear fluid pressure. Other times it may happen because of spinning around. Episodic vertigo is a very dramatic event in some children when they look terrified and have to hold on for a few moments, then return to normal. This is usually benign but needs a good evaluation. ...Read more

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Why can't I have children?

Why can't I have children?

Consultation time: Time to consult with your ob/gyn or get a referral to a fertility center. Both you & your partner need to be evaluated. There are many possible issues & many available solutions. ...Read more

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Is 40 to old to have children?

Is 40 to old to have children?

Maybe, maybe not: Many women are quite successful in their pregnancies at 40.There is some reduced fertility & increased risk of complications, but if your basic health is good & you understand the increased risk of down syndrome, I don't see any reason to say it's too late. ...Read more

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What stops you from having children?

What stops you from having children?

STD's and PID: Sexually transmitted diseases can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease. PID can lead to later infertility. ...Read more

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Can icjd be passed on to your children?

Can icjd be passed on to your children?

CJD: The familial form can be inherited in @10% of cases, through gene mutation. ...Read more

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How to stop woomting and pain in children?

How to stop woomting and pain in children?

Vomiting: For a simple gastroenteritis, gut rest (nothing to eat or drink for 2-3 hrs) followed by small sips of clear fluids, frequently (goal depending on age of child 1-4 oz/hr). The presence of pain is more worrisome and I would recommend taking the child to their doctor for a hands-on examination to rule out anything more serious. ...Read more

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How would keep my guns away from children?

How would keep my guns away from children?

Safe/locks: A good gun safe can double as a home for some family valuables. There are a number of trigger locks and quick entry safes on the market that provide quick access but eliminate child entry. As mentioned, kids taught gun handling and safety as early as age 4 are less likely to play with any gun they find anywhere. ...Read more

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How frequently should children from 1-12 deworm?

How frequently should children from 1-12 deworm?

Unnecessary: Unless you live in a part of the world where infestation is endemic, this is unnecessary. ...Read more

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What are ringworns how do childern get ringworns

What are ringworns how do childern get ringworns

Ringworm: Ringworm is actually not caused by a worm at all, but is caused by a fungus that lives on the skin called tinea. People can get a tinea infection from skin to skin contact with an infected person or pet or by sharing personal items such as towels, clothing, and combs.

Clotrimazole is the generic name for the over the counter cream that treats ringworm. Apply 2-3 times a day for a few weeks until the lesion disappears completely and then some. Keep it covered for the first day of treatment (or longer if you want to) to prevent spread. Your child will need to see his doctor for a stronger medication if the ringworm is on his scalp, continues to spread after treatment at home or if it doesn't get better after 4 weeks of treatment at home. ...Read more

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Why did all of my children have lucey-driscoll syndrome?

Why did all of my children have lucey-driscoll syndrome?

Inherited or steroid: The common cause is congenital, but it can also be caused by maternal steroids passed on through breast milk to the newborn. It is different from breast milk jaundice (breast-fed infants have higher bilirubin levels than formula-fed ones). If inherited it is a recessive gene. ...Read more

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What are behavioral interventions for laziness in children?

What are behavioral interventions for laziness in children?

Structure: It is not necessarily that kids are "lazy". It may be as simple as a schedule and expectations problem. Some kids are in so many activities they are burned out and have little time for anything else. Most kids nowadays live to be on a wireless device and that takes a chunk of time. Have clear expectations of your child and let him know what they are. Unplug the tv, limit the phone gaming time. ...Read more

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Can children have tea?

Can children have tea?

Yes: Children may drink iced or hot tea - caffeine free and unsweetend varieties are preferred. ...Read more

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Can children use Vanos?

Can children use Vanos?

Age 12 & older: This topical corticosteroid is prescribed for adults & children age 12 & older with certain skin conditions. It can be used for up to 2 weeks in adults. I do not know if dermatologists lower the duration of use for teens. It should be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. ...Read more

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Can children use Luxiq?

Not recommended: Kindly don't try on children, medium potency steroid with multiple side-effects, need close monitoring by physician when treating an adult ...Read more

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Can children get rosacea?

Rosacea in children: Although the incidence of rosacea in adolescents and children is infrequent, such cases have been documented in the medical literature. Eyelid styes may be one form. Rosacea often runs in families, and rosacea sufferers would be wise to be on the lookout for early signs in children in order to seek diagnosis and treatment before the condition worsens. ...Read more

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Can children use Orapred?

Can children use Orapred?

Orapred: Orapred and similar oral steroids are frequently used in children and safe when appropriately dosed according to weight. Frequent use is not recommended. ...Read more