Symptoms and Treatment of Histoplasmosis

Histoplasmosis is a lung infection that occurs from exposure to the fungus Histoplasma capsulatum. Many individuals who contract the illness pass through it without any symptoms.

The acute version of Histoplasmosis is relatively mild, with simple flu-like symptoms. Fever can occur, along with chest pains, an unproductive cough, and just not feeling well in general.

A more serious case of Histoplasmosis includes symptoms like skin lesions, shortness of breath, and coughing up blood. Also common are excessive sweating, headache, mouth sores, and stiffness in the neck.

While the disease may remain mostly in the lungs, it can be detected by a chest x-ray. However, as the fungus spores may spread, it can also be discovered in bone marrow, lymph nodes, or in samples of urine, sputum, or blood.

While the symptoms may be serious, treatment is relatively simple. Once the diagnosis is confirmed, doctors prescribe antifungals to kill the fungus throughout the body systems, from the lungs to the bone marrow, effectively curing the disease.

Information on this page is for reference and educational purposes only. For more information about histoplasmosis, talk to your doctor or primary care provider.

About Scott Ridl: Scott joined American Medical Sales and Rentals in 2008 as a Web Manager and Content Writer. He is a writer and designer. He is extensively trained on oxygen therapy products from leading manufacturers such as Inogen, Respironics, Chart, Invacare, ResMed and more. Scott works closely with respiratory therapists and oxygen specialists to educate the community about oxygen therapy products, COPD, asthma and lung diseases. He writes weekly columns and is passionate about educating the community on oxygen therapy and respiratory issues.

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