Histoplasmosis is basically a kind of infection that occurs because of breathing in spores. The fungus that causes the same usually is found in bird or even bat droppings. It can be an airborne problem during cleanups. The common symptoms include fever, chills, discomfort in the chest, dry cough, etc. There can also be a rash accompanying the same.
HOW IS HISTOPLASMOSIS DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of the problem can take up to 6 weeks and common tests include blood and urine, biopsy of the tissue, lung secretion and bone marrow tests.
HOW IS HISTOPLASMOSIS TREATED?
Since the condition is caused by a fungus, the General Physician will prescribe antifungal medications which are orally consumed and the medication will have to be taken for a prolonged period before the fungus gets completely removed from the lungs.
DID YOU KNOW?
Histoplasmosis may be prevented by reducing exposure to dust in chicken coops, bat caves and other high-risk locations. Wear masks and other protective equipment if you work in or go into these environments. Scarring in the chest cavity may put pressure on the:
• Major blood vessels carrying blood to and from the heart
• Esophagus (food pipe)
• Lymph nodes