Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Gilchrist's Disease Treatment

Blastomycosis rarely causes symptoms in a person who has a normal immune system, which guards against infection. Those who test positive for blastomycosis infection but do not have symptoms, can simply be observed. For those who develop symptoms, treatment includes antifungal medication. With treatment, most cases of blastomycosis infection resolve completely. However, those with a weak immune system may require hospitalization and prolonged treatment with antifungal medication.

Treatment for blastomycosis includes:

Gilchrist's Disease Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of blastomycosis.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
    • Is surgery an option for me?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • Do I need to stay in the hospital?
    • How long will I be in the hospital?
  • Am I contagious?
    • For how long?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Do I need to change my diet?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for having this problem again?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

Gilchrist's Disease Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat blastomycosis:

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Last Updated: May 11, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Gilchrist's Disease References
  1. Baumgardner DJ, Brockman K: Epidemiology of human blastomycosis in Vilas County, Wisconsin. II: 1991-1996. WMJ 1998 May; 97(5): 44-7. [9617309]
  2. Pappas PG. Blastomycosis. Semin Respir Crit Care Med. 2004 Apr;25(2):113-21. [16088455]
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