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What is the treatment for histoplasmosis?

What is the treatment for histoplasmosis?

Antifungals!: Histoplasmosis is a fungal infection, usually aquired in the chest, with a TB like presentation. It can affect the body elsewhere though, in severe cases.Antifungal medications are used to treat severe cases of acute histoplasmosis and all cases of chronic and disseminated disease. Typical treatment of severe disease first involves treatment with amphotericin b, followed by oral itraconazole. ...Read more

Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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Liver (Definition)

This organ plays a major role in metabolism and has a number of functions in the body, including glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification. It lies below the diaphragm in the abdominal-pelvic region of the abdomen. It produces bile, an alkaline compound which aids in digestion via the emulsification of ...Read more


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What are the symptoms of ocular histoplasmosis?

What are the symptoms of ocular histoplasmosis?

Various: Ohs usually has no symptoms in its early stages; the initial ohs infection usually subsides without the need for treatment. This is true for other histo infections; in fact, often the only evidence that the inflammation ever occurred are tiny scars called "histo spots, " which remain at the infection sites. Histo spots do not generally affect vision, but for reasons that are still not well understo. ...Read more

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How long does it take to get rid of histoplasmosis?

Histoplasmosis: For asymptomatic people or people with acute localized infection who are otherwise healthy, antifungal treatment is usually not recommended as these people have or will resolve the infection in about three weeks. If symptoms persist a month or more, itraconazole (sporanox), ketoconazole (nizoral) or Amphotericin B (fungizone, amphocin) may be effective. ...Read more

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Should we get rid of our pet birds since I have histoplasmosis?

Should we get rid of our pet birds since I have histoplasmosis?

Pet Bird Diseases: Birds are the fourth common pet, behind dogs, cats, and fish. Common pet bird-associated diseases include psittacosis, influenza, histoplasmosis, avian pneumoencephalitis, and west nile fever. Typical pet birds such as canaries and parrots are not usually susceptible to infection, but doves and pigeons may become colonized. ...Read more

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If my husband has ocular histoplasmosis syndrome should I also get checked?

If my husband has ocular histoplasmosis syndrome should I also get checked?

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. ...Read more

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My husband is a transplant recipient and recently contracted histoplasmosis. What should we do?

My husband is a transplant recipient and recently contracted histoplasmosis. What should we do?

Talk to his doctor: Your husband's transplant specialist is very familiar with infections and will know if he needs this treated. Far better than a stranger on the internet. If my transplant patient had a symptomatic infection with a fungus, i'd treat it, but if it was just a positive blood test, then i might not. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with severe histoplasmosis about a year ago. could I continue to have pain in my lungs due to it being untreated?

I was diagnosed with severe histoplasmosis about a year ago. could I continue to have pain in my lungs due to it being untreated?

Needs checked: Histo infections are usually self limiting in healthy individuals but can be serious in immunocompromised patients. It can be acute or chronic disseminated type and latent type also exists. Rare menifeatation can be Pleuritis manifesting as chest pains. Nevertheless needs complete evaluation by a Physician. ...Read more

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Is histoplasmosis painful?

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 then there can be painful. Even lung invovlement can be painful at time. Control of the infection can control the pain. It is found more often in some areas of the country like the ohio and mississippi river valleys. ...Read more

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Can histoplasmosis be cured?

Can histoplasmosis be cured?

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 Abelcet (amphotericin b lipid complex) (an IV anti fungal), usually with good success. Treatment may last as long as 6 weeks depending on the severity of the illness. Rarely, surgical excision of infected lymph nodes is needed if there is obstruction of a vital organ or perf. ...Read more

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What are the tests for histoplasmosis?

What are the tests for histoplasmosis?

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 cases. In more serious or life-threatening cases, the diagnosis may be confirmed by: culturing lung secretions, blood tests immunologic titers, biopsies of the affected tissue (lung), or bone marrow aspiration. ...Read more

Dr. Paul Bourbeau
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Histoplasmosis (Definition)

Histoplasmosis is a condition in which a person becomes infected by inhaling the spores of the Histoplasma fungus, which is found in soil contaminated with bird or bat droppings. The infection causes flu-like symptoms, but can also cause fatal ...Read more