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?
The General Physician may not find many direct ways to diagnose the condition. However, culture test of the fungus and blood tests to check on the Histoplasma and its response to anti bodies and so on, can give the doctor the required reports to carry on with the treatment.
HOW IS HISTOPLASMOSIS TREATED?
In milder cases, there is actually no need for a medicinal treatment. But if the case is severe, then the doctors may suggest you have to have some antifungal drugs along with taking high immunity diets to counteract the same.
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