Blastomycosis is basically a fungal infection caused by parasitic fungi that can affect the skin as well as the internal organs of the body. This infection can also be contracted by cats and dogs. The symptoms include flu, fever, cough, night sweating, lesions on the skin, hoarseness and bone lytic lesions.
HOW IS BLASTOMYCOSIS DIAGNOSED?
Diagnostic studies include the sputum tests, enzyme immunoassay techniques on sputum, tissue or bronchoscopic specimens, chest X-ray, radiography, CT scan and MRI. Tissue biopsy of skin or other organs may be required in order to diagnose extrapulmonary disease.
HOW IS BLASTOMYCOSIS TREATED?
The doctor may prescribe Itraconazole as well as Ketoconazole for treatment. Also, fluconazole may be prescribed for more severe cases. The initial treatment is carried out with the help of Amphotericin B.
DID YOU KNOW?
40% of patients with AIDS suffer from Blastomycosis