Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Histoplasmosis Overview

What is histoplasmosis?
A person with histoplasmosis has an infection caused by a common fungus found in nature, called Histoplasma capsulatum. The infection starts in the lungs, but can spread to other areas of the body. In the US, almost all people living in the Midwest have been infected with histoplasmosis. Only about 5 out of 100 infected persons develop symptoms of infection.

What are the symptoms of histoplasmosis?
Symptoms of histoplasmosis may include fever, rash, cough, weight loss, excessive sweating, night sweats, headache, and body aches.

How does the doctor treat histoplasmosis?
About 99% of patients with histoplasmosis improve without treatment. Treatment for histoplasmosis may include antifungal medications, and acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain and fever.

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Last Updated: Oct 22, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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