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What are the consequences of having coccidiomycosis?

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Dr. James Eitner
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. James Eitner
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Dr. John Leander Po
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
2 doctors agree

In brief: Mostly nothing...

However, certain genetic groups (africans, filipinos) have an increased risk of complications(disseminated cocci, meningeal cocci, etc) .
If you live in an endemic zone (such as phoenix, az) and you don't get better after a course of antibiotics, having fevers, cough, shortness of breath, and others, then ask about getting a valley fever test.

In brief: Mostly nothing...

However, certain genetic groups (africans, filipinos) have an increased risk of complications(disseminated cocci, meningeal cocci, etc) .
If you live in an endemic zone (such as phoenix, az) and you don't get better after a course of antibiotics, having fevers, cough, shortness of breath, and others, then ask about getting a valley fever test.
Dr. John Leander Po
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Dr. Martin Raff
Also, if you have HIV disease, or other immune suppression you are at greater risk of severe disease.
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