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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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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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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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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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Is Cialis safe for someone who had ocular histoplasmosis 40 years ago?

Is Cialis safe for someone who had ocular histoplasmosis 40 years ago?

Low risk: Unless you have vision in only one eye let's say from a complication of histoplasmosis or other, your risk for ocular side effects with Cialis is about 3-10%. Complications are infrequent and usually reversible, like "blue vision", central serous retinopathy, & shimmering in vision. Ischemic optic neuropathy has been suggested as a possible complication but has not been substantiated. Ask ur MD. ...Read more

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I have ocular histoplasmosis. What are the treatment options?

Photocoagulation: First, i want to point out that, at this point, there is no cure for ocular histoplasmosis; laser treatments reduce the chance of the disease spreading through the eye and limit vision loss. ...Read more

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What is the connection between ocular histoplasmosis and pregnancy?

What is the connection between ocular histoplasmosis and pregnancy?

Immune changes: Because of the hormonal changes and subtle immune suppression during pregnancy and high levels of angiogenic growth factors, choriodal neovascularization which can be due to ocular histoplasmosis may occur. ...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?

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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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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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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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