Valley Fever Overview
Another name for Valley Fever is Coccidioidomycosis.
What is coccidioidomycosis?
A person with coccidioidomycosis has an infection of the lungs caused by the fungus, Coccidioides immitis. Infection occurs by inhaling dust from contaminated soil in the Southwest US, Mexico and Central America. Most lung infections resolve without treatment. Serious infections from coccidiomycosis are more common in those with weak immune systems caused by AIDS or chemotherapy.
What are the symptoms of coccidioidomycosis?
Initial symptoms of coccidioidomycosis include chest pain, chills, cough, fever, fatigue, headache, joint pains, anorexia, excessive sweating, night sweats, rash, and sore throat.
How does the doctor treat coccidioidomycosis?
Mild cases of coccidioidomycosis do not usually require treatment. Most cases of coccidioidomycosis resolve over time. Treatment for severe cases of coccidioidomycosis includes anti-fungal medications, cough suppressants, antihistamines, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain and fever.
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