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Is histoplasmosis painful?

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

Dr. Paul Bourbeau
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Histoplasmosis (Definition)

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


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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

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What are the symptoms of histoplasmosis?

What are the symptoms of histoplasmosis?

Histoplasmosis: About 90% of infections caused by h. Capsulatum are asymptomatic (produce no symptoms). Occasionally, a few asymptomatic patients will show small scars in lung x-rays. Symptomatic people often develop fever, chills, dry cough, malaise, sweats, and abdominal pains about three to 14 days after exposure. ...Read more

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What's your opinion on treating histoplasmosis?

Don't (usually): Histoplasmosis is almost always a self limited disease. While we have excellent drugs to treat it, they should be reserved for people who have symptomatic disease or those with severe immune compromise (chemotherapy, hiv, , transplants or other immunosuppressive treatments). Most histo is only discovered by accident, and in those cases, treatment provides no help and can have side effects. ...Read more

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What, if any, are the symptoms of histoplasmosis?

Histoplasmosis: About 90% of infections caused by h. Capsulatum are asymptomatic (produce no symptoms). Occasionally, a few asymptomatic patients will show small scars in lung x-rays. Symptomatic people often develop fever, chills, dry cough, malaise, sweats, and abdominal pains about three to 14 days after exposure. ...Read more

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Is foul smelling breath symptom of histoplasmosis?

No: Most bad breath is due to crud on the mouth, between the teeth or on the tongue. A good dental flossing with running it over the back of the tongue cures most of these. If it does not, look for a problem in the upper aerodigestive system. Histoplasmosis doesn't cause an odor. ...Read more

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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

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What are histoplasmosis and emphysema?

Histoplasmosis is...: A fungal infection that can affect the lungs and can be found in the usa in the upper mississippi and ohio river valleys. Emphysema is a chronic lung disease often caused by smoking which is also called copd. People with emphysema are more likely to be chronically infected with histo. ...Read more

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What is histoplasmosis?

Fungal infection: Histoplasmosis is an infection that is seen in people from the Midwest, caused by a fungus in the soil. It is also associated with bat droppings and bird droppings, so people cleaning roofs, renovating buildings, turning over soil in the Ohio and Mississippi river areas are at risk. It is extraordinarily rare in New York. ...Read more

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Is histoplasmosis heritary?

No: Histoplasma is a dimorphic fungus that exists as a mold in the environment and a yeast in humans. Everyone in the endemic areas for the fungus is equally susceptible to be exposed but there may be different susceptibility for the symptoms and risk for spread outside the lung. Certainly genetic factors in certain ethnic groups can predispose to dissemination in coccioidomycosis, another fungus. ...Read more

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How long should it take to cure histoplasmosis?

Histo.: In some areas of the country almost half the population has lung nodules detectable on a ct and histo gets blamed for many of them, with or without proof. It is self limited, and usually requires no treatment. When treatment is necessary, it usually goes for several months. Rare exceptions in people who are very immunocompromised may take much longer. ...Read more

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What are the maor risk factors for histoplasmosis?

Location: Location (where you live) is what gets you exposed to histo. Histo usually only gets you sick if you are immunosuppressed, or if you have a very large exposure. Most adults have been exposed throughout their lifetime without any consequences other than maybe a benign spot on your chest x-ray. ...Read more

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Can a student get histoplasmosis from living in a dorm?

Can a student get histoplasmosis from living in a dorm?

Not Contagious: Histoplasmosis is an infectious disease caused by inhaling small spores found usually in soil that have become airborne. The fungus grows best in soil that has been contaminated with bird manure or bat droppings (caves).

Histoplasmosis is not contagious. It is not transmitted from an infected animal or person to someone else. ...Read more

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How do you find explanation for giving my son histoplasmosis?

See Wikipedia: This is an endemic condition in the ohio valley and I presume that he lives there. Wikipedia gives an excellent presentaion of what is known of this disease. ...Read more

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When I was 5, I got histoplasmosis. What can you tell me about this condition?

Endemic areas: The fungus histoplasma capsulatum lives in the soil in the midwest and is acquired from spores when the soil is disturbed. Even in the midwest, there are only a few cases per 100, 000 people. It affects the lungs and is curable. ...Read more

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How to know if my husband has contracted histoplasmosis. I am now wondering if this is a threat to my health?

Why do you ask?: Histoplasmosis isn't catching from person to person -- the infectious phase of the organism is found in nature and is different from what may be coughed up. Here in kansas city, almost everybody has survived histoplasmosis and nobody even inquires what that particular chest cold was your infection. ...Read more

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How do you definitely diagnose Histoplasmosis? So far all tests are negative or indeterminate. I was given izatropazole and inconclusive tests?

Dx histoplasmosis: You get a piece of the infected tissue and look at it under a microscope. Only way to be sure. Are you a spelunker? ...Read more

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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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I wanted a second opinion and now Infectious Dr told me I should go to UofC. He has me on fungus med for Histoplasmosis? He just dropped me? Now what?

Histoplasmosis: No sure what you mean by dropped you? Off the table or thinks you are cured or thinks you need to see specialist at UofC. Need more details. ...Read more

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Ocular histoplasmosis question--treatable?

Ocular histoplasmosis question--treatable?

Yes: Earlier the the diagnosis the better. Histo is a fungus infection of eye that can cause scaring and blidness. Treatment includes photocoagulation. Laser surgery by an experienced retina expert. ...Read more

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What if I become pregnant with histoplasmosis?

Depends when: Histoplasmosis is a self limited illness (your immune system will treat it itself) and once that occurs it should have no adverse effect on a pregnancy. A bigger problem is if you get histoplasmosis while pregnant the fetus can have problems for which treatment is at best difficult and at worse ineffective. ...Read more

Contagious (Definition)

One is able to transmit an infection to another by ...Read more