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Doctor insights on: Treatments For Blastomycosis

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Dr. Arthur Balin
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Blastomycosis (Definition)

Blastomyces is an endemic fungus to south and central United States (found in soil) that can cause infection, ...Read more


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What is the definition or description of: blastomycosis?

What is the definition or description of: blastomycosis?

Blastomycosis is: A rare and often serious fungal infection. It typically attacks individuals whose immune system is otherwise compromised. The usual target organ for the infection is the lung. ...Read more

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How is fungal pneumonia blastomycosis treated?

How is fungal pneumonia blastomycosis treated?

See below: Blastomycosis is a fungal infection that occurs in the eastern 1/3 of the us. It is usually a pulmonary infection. Treatment is with antifungal agents. Azoles-ketoconazole, itraconazole, Fluconazole and voriconazole are usually used. Life threatening or central nervous system infections are treated with liposomal amphotericin b. ...Read more

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How does one treat fungal pneumonia blastomycosis?

Anti fungal agents: Treatment depends on whether the disease is confined to the lungs and whether it is severe or mild. Severe disease and extra-pulmonary disease needs to be treated with amphotericin b, an IV antifungal agent. Milder disease is usually treated with an oral drug called itraconazole which is safe and well tolerated. ...Read more

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Can humans get blastomycosis from dogs?

No: Both can acquire this fungal infection from the environment but it is not transmitted from person to person or dog to person. ...Read more

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Nstemi s/p cath: is this a diagnosing or treatment procedure?

Nstemi s/p cath: is this a diagnosing or treatment procedure?

Both: A cath will allow them to look inside the arteries. If there is a significant blockage they can fix it. ...Read more

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Nstemi s/p cath: diagnosing or treatment procedure, what is this for?

Nstemi s/p cath: diagnosing or treatment procedure, what is this for?

Both: a cath post NSTEMI is done for "early definitive diagnosis and therapy". a non-invasive risk assessment will provide similar intermediate term mortality benefits, but may have more hospitalizations for chest pain and the patient will be on more meds for angina. in a young active person, the invasive approach is often reasonable. in an elderly sedentary person, i'm comfortable with noninvasive. ...Read more