Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Fungal Lung Infection Treatment

Some fungal lung infections (e.g. Histoplasmosis) are usually a mild illness and resolve on their own. Treatment for severe fungal lung infection, or an infection in a person with a poorly functioning immune system, requires the use of antifungal medications. The selection of antifungal medication depends on the species of the infecting organism. Surgery is less commonly required, but may be necessary to treat a lung abscess.

Treatment for aspergillosis may include:


Treatment for blastomycosis includes:

Treatment options for histoplasmosis include:

Treatment for severe cases of coccidioidomycosis may include:

Treatment for cryptococcal infection may include:

Some AIDS patients may require lifelong oral antifungal therapy, in order to prevent recurrences.

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Last Updated: Oct 13, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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