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What is valley fever?

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. 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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What're the symtoms of valley fever in people?

What're the symtoms of valley fever in people?

Valley fever: Cocciodiomycosis is a invasive fungal disease that can be asymptomatic or resemble tuberculosis or histoplasmosis symptoms that are usually respiratoryin nature. ...Read more

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How long will valley fever last for most people?

How long will valley fever last for most people?

Most will never know: Many (maybe more than 50%) never knew they had it. For those who become symptomatic and seek treatment it seems like a few weeks to months of pneumonia like sx with prominent fatigue and joint discomfort. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to know if I have valley fever?

Can you tell me how to know if I have valley fever?

It depends: Valley fever (Coccidiomycosis) is a disease caused by a fungus that lives in soil of endemic areas. In most affected healthy people, inhalation causes asymptomatic changes on a chest X ray or a mild respiratory infection that resolves without treatment. In some normal people and in immunodeficient patients, the disease can be severe, affecting the lung and other organs. ...Read more

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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

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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 are some of the signs & symptoms of Valley Fever?

What are some of the signs & symptoms of Valley Fever?

See below: Coccidioidomycosis is a fungal disease picked up through inhalation. Often the symptoms are mild and the disease not recognized. In one to three weeks when they do occur they include fever, cough, chest pain that can be severe, chills, night sweats, headache, fatigue, joint pains and a red painful bumpy rash. It can take months to fully recover and you should be followed for dissemination. ...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 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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Can you get valley fever again after you have had it, about 4 years ago ?

Can you get valley fever again after you have had it, about 4 years ago
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Coccidioidomycosis: The medical name for valley fever. Do you live in the San Joaquim valley? As you are aware it causes an acute febrile illness that is usually self limiting. If your fever was due to cocci, then there is probably some other cause for this recurrence. How are you feeling generally? If your symptoms persist contact a local doctor. Best wishes ...Read more

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In arizona, is there such a thing as valley fever?

Yes.: You are referring to the fungus coccidiodes immitis (cocci for short) which causes the lung disease coccidiomycosis sometimes referred to as valley fever. It is common in the central california valley and southwest. The infection is often mild and not diagnosed, but it can leave nodules, scarring or cavities that can appear on chest x ray. It can disseminate and cause serious disease in some. ...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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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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Once you have the valley fever can it come back off and on?

Once you have the valley fever can it come back off and on?

No.: If you have cleared the infection naturally you generally have good immunity against recurrence. If your immune system fails or is suppressed, the disease may have the opportunity to infect you again, but it does not come and go. ...Read more

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What can be done for mono and valley fever at the same time?

Different illnesses: Infectious mono is caused by epstein-barr virus. Rest, hydration and symptomatic management of fever, muscle aches, etc may help. Valley fever in most cases resolves without treatment, but it is due to a potentially very serious fungus (coccidiodes immitis), and in some instances intensive anti-fungal treatment may be necessary. ...Read more

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My daughter was recently dignost with phenomnia and valley fever what can cause this?

My daughter was recently dignost with phenomnia and valley fever what can cause this?

Pneumonia: Pneumonia could be due to valley fever (caused by coccidioidomycosis), common in the southwest , treatment depends on how sick you are. There many other organism that cause other pneumonia. Consult with you doctor. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of valley fever in adults and is it mistaken at times for pneumonia?

What are the symptoms of valley fever in adults and is it mistaken at times for pneumonia?

Coccidiodomycosis: Valley fever is due to this systemic fungal infection and can present as pneumonia. In some people, particularly those who are immune compromised, this can become very severe and cause central nervous system infection, usually as meningitis. Most people resolve this spontaneously without major defects or need for therapy. ...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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I had valley fever when i was pregnant i almost die and i gained lots of weight i went from 130 to 80 pd after the baby and now i weight 280 pound ?

I had valley fever when i was pregnant  i almost die and i gained lots of weight i went from 130 to 80 pd after the baby and now i weight 280 pound ?

How long ago?: Coccidiodomycosis can certainly be severe during pregnancy but it is unclear if it is contributing to the substantial weight gain unless the pituitary was involved. Have you been checked for hormonal issues? ...Read more

Dr. Edward Kuhnley
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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. Shari Jackson
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Valley Fever (Coccidioidomycosis) (Definition)

An infection with the fungus coccidioides, which causes mild, flu-like symptoms, but sometimes spreads into other parts of the body and becomes very serious. ...Read more