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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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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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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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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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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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Are there any side effects for Itraconazole since I stopped meds after 2 months for Histoplasmosis? I'm getting 2nd opinion.

Side effects: Itraconozole is usually well tolerated, but some people will experience nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, rash , headache or other mild symptoms. Like many medications, occasionally it can irritate the liver or pancreas, or worsen heart failure, among other more serious conditions. ...Read more

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Can you tell me in an immunodiffusion test to diagnose histoplasmosis, patient's serum is placed in a well in an agar plate?

Yes, it is: Immunodiffusion is a test where the antigen is placed in the center of the agar plate and the antibodies (Patient's sera that contain antibodies) in wells at the sides of the dish. The antigen and antibodies diffuse from the wells towards each other; where they meet, there forms a band (precipitate) that can be see. No band - negaative. ...Read more

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Confirmed histoplasmosis live in ohio river valley (65yrs) have 18yr bird if i get rid of him he will die what is danger of me keeping him?

Histoplasmosis: If you already have this fungal infection and are either being treated or do not need therapy the bird is a non-issue. There is no danger to keeping him. If you are concerned about potential exposure to h. Capsulatum from the bird droppings, i imagine that is conceivable but most persons in the ohio valley have already been exposed to this organism and repeat exposure is ok. ...Read more

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I've had histoplasmosis for a year now.My dost or never put me on meds. Will the shortness of breath ever go away.Can this be reversed? I'm worried.

I've had histoplasmosis for a year now.My dost or never put me on meds. Will the shortness of breath ever go away.Can this be reversed? I'm  worried.

Histoplasmosis: Most individuals who develop histoplasmosis resolve the infection without therapy. A very small number progress to disseminated disease. If you are still having symptoms you should go back and see the doctor again, and if they do not reevaluate you then ask for second opinion and see an infectious diseases expert. There are many excellent id docs in lexington. Suggest marty allen. ...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