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Is there a valley fever type problem from any desert?

Is there a valley fever type problem from any desert?

Coccidiodomycosis: Coccidiodomycosis (valley fever, after the central valley of california) is found in the usa in the lower sonoran life zone from the central valley of california into arizona and texas then south into mexico and parts of central and south america. It is not found in asia, africa, australia or europe unless the infection was originally acquired in an endemic area. ...Read more

Dr. Cynthia Anneski
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Desert Fever (Definition)

Coccidiomycosis is also known as Valley Fever and Desert Fever. It is a fungal infection from the soil in the southwest US and can cause a respiratory illness. Symptoms can range from mild in a normal person to severe if the ...Read more


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How long does valley fever last and what are the symptoms?

How long does valley fever last and what are the symptoms?

Weeks of weakness: Valley fever is often mild and transient with symptoms very similar to routine viral upper respiratory tract infections or even pneumonia. Most cases probably don't even come to the doctor's attention. Symptoms of fatigue can last for weeks up to months. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of valley fever in a farmer?

What are the symptoms of valley fever in a farmer?

Coccidiodomycosis: Initially can cause a pneumonia as the arthrospores are inhaled from the environment although many infections are asymptomatic. In a small number of patients, dissemination can subsequently be diagnosed in a variety of possible places including bone and cns. A chronic lung infection may also occur. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a positive diagnosis for valley fever?

What does it mean to have a positive diagnosis for valley fever?

Common: Valley fever is caused by a fungus called coccidiodes. It is a common infection among people who live in the desert southwest and usually causes a self-limited febrile illness which resolves without treatment. Blood tests for coccidiodes can sometimes distinguish recent infection from past infection, but not always. ...Read more

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Had a bad dust storm. Shortly afterwards, developed flu like symptoms with sever cough; 5 neighbors diagnosed with valley fever. Should i get checked?

Had a bad dust storm. Shortly afterwards, developed flu like symptoms with sever cough; 5 neighbors diagnosed with valley fever. Should i get checked?

Bronchitis: In general, bronchitis can be a sign of a viral or bacterial infection. Cough specific syrups or tablets are readily available for relief. Decongestant medicines can help if the cough is related to sinus drainage. Giving the cough ample time to clear is advisable but if you develop fevers, shortness of breath, chest pains, or bloody sputum, it may be time to see your doctor. ...Read more

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Is it bad to smoke if you have valley fever?

Is it bad to smoke if you have valley fever?

Yes: It is always unhealthy to smoke, but worse when you have an infection that can affect your lungs. ...Read more

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Do the lung nodules caused by valley fever need to be surgically removed?

Do the lung nodules caused by valley fever need to be surgically removed?

No: A lung nodule caused by coccidioidomycosis (cause of valley fever) is just a clump of inflammatory debri. This is the bodies' way of "wrapping up" the infecting organism so that it cannot cause any further lung injury. They do not need to be surgically excised as they cannot do you any harm. Neatly packaged, these gifts await unwrapping by other micro-friends long after you are buried. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of valley fever and treatment?

What are symptoms of valley fever and treatment?

San Joaquin Valley..: Fever is a fungal infection of humans (and some animals) caused by spores of coccidiodomycosis inhaled from soil. Many infections are totally without symptoms, some others can cause pneumonia which usually resolves without therapy but some infections lead to spread (dissemination) of the fungus outside the lung to the nervous system, bone or skin. Antifungals such as voriconazole are used. ...Read more

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What is valley fever, and what do you do to cure it ?

What is valley fever, and what do you do to cure it ?

Anti-fungal: Valley fever is caused by dimorphic fungi called coccidioidomycosis. The spores from this fungus are usually inhaled and can cause a mild febrile illness or a life threating infection. The fungi is usually found in the southwest. The greatest number of cases have been found in the san joaquin valley (valley fever), california. Treat with anti-fungal therapy. ...Read more

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What is valley fever?

Coccidiodomycosis: Coccidiodes immitus is a dimorphic fungus (may exist in either a yeast or mold form) which exists in the U.S. In a limited but expanding geographic distribution. Originally cases were recognized as common in the san juaquin valley and were given the name of valley fever. Most people have self-limited disease, but this can be a very bad actor, partic in immune compromised persons. ...Read more

Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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Coccidiomycosis (Definition)

It is a fungus found in in the southwest whose spores if inhaled can cause various forms of respiratory illness- most often benign in nature, and self limited. Other names for this illness are ...Read more


Dr. Mark Diamond
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Fever (Definition)

Fever is the temporary increase in the body's temperature in response to some disease or illness. A child has a fever when the temperature is at or above one of ...Read more