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What are the consequences of having coccidiomycosis?

What are the consequences of having coccidiomycosis?

Valley Fever: Coccidioidomycosis or valley fever is a fungal infection common in the southwest United States. 60% of those infected have no symptoms. Those that do have flu-like symptoms. Most fully recover without any lasting effects. A few may develop a chronic lung infection or a widespread infection and need treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Louis Gallia
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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


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What sort of disease is coccidiomycosis?

What sort of disease is coccidiomycosis?

Fungal disease: Coccidioidomycosis is a fungal disease that occurs in dry desert environments like the southwest U.S. You get it by breathing fungal particles from soil. The infection starts in the lungs but can spread to other parts of the body including the joints, skin, or lymph nodes. It can cause meningitis. Also known as "valley fever", it may go away on its own or need treatment with antifungal drugs. ...Read more

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How can you make sure you don't get coccidiomycosis?

Avoid San Joaquin: Valley and other areas of the southwest & northern mexico where the mold, coccidioidomycosis immitis is found. The high frequency of cases in central california led to the name "valley fever". C. Immitis is dormant in dry weather & becomes active in the rainy season. So you can probably visit fresno in the summer. Anyone is susceptible. Half the folks living in endemic areas have been infected. ...Read more

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Are some people more prone to getting coccidiomycosis?

Are some people more prone to getting coccidiomycosis?

YES: Depends on geography (exposure to the fungus esp in San Joaquin Valley in CA, southwest AZ, and southern border of TX and NM), genetic background (African or Filipino descent) , and immunity ( immmunosuppressed people with AIDS, transplant, on chemotherapy are more prone to getting it), and exposure to dust (digging a ditch or gardening). ...Read more

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How bad can a person get when they have coccidiomycosis?

It can be deadly: Usually mild, in people with weak immune systems or sometimes in normal hosts, it can be a severe or even deadly disease. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: coccidiomycosis?

A fungus: 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 desert or valley fever. ...Read more

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My brother has coccidiomycosis. Should I be worried about this?

Valley Fever: For yourself, no. For your brother it depends on whether he has a mild or complicated case. Coccidioidomycosis aka valley fever is an infection caused by inhaling the microscopic spores of the fungus coccidioides immitis. The lungs are the primary organ of involvement. Try this website for comprehensive information http://www.Valley-fever.Org/. ...Read more

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How can a person with coccidiomycosis prevent from getting one lung removed?

Antifungals: Antifungal medication can take care of most cases of coccidiomycosis. A small % of patients may develop chronic lung problems such as a nodule or cavity in the lungs, or chronic pneumonia. Even in these cases, antifungals over a long period of time (usually at least a yr) are used. Surgery may be required for a ruptured cavity or some lung nodules, but rarely would someone lose an entire lung. ...Read more

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Can my local primary care doctor treat coccidiomycosis?

Yes: But do you really have the disease? Did they perform the correct test? If you have the disease, they can easily treat. If they are worried, then an infectious disease specialist might be a better option. ...Read more