Nocardiosis is a rare infection caused by the Nocardia asteroids bacterium. This type of bacteria can be found in the soil and water of regions around the world. People may become infected with this bacteria when they inhale it or when the bacteria enter an open wound. The infection cannot be spread from one person to another. People at highest risk for nocardia infection are those with a weakened immune system. This includes people who have:
• Been taking steroids or other medicines that weaken the immune system for a long time
• Cushing's disease
• An organ transplant
HOW IS NOCARDIOSIS DIAGNOSED?
A General Physician/Homeopath diagnoses Nocardiosis by performing various tests such as Bronchoscopy, brain biopsy, lung biopsy or sputum culture to determine the cause of the disease.
HOW IS NOCARDIOSIS TREATED?
All cases of nocardiosis are treated with long-term and low-dose antibiotics known as sulfonamides. Treatment typically lasts from six months to a year. However, more severe infections may require treatment for a longer period. In cases where the patient develops an abscess due to this infection, the doctor may recommend surgery to drain it.
DID YOU KNOW?
Common complication of Nocardiosis is tissue scarring in lungs, brain abscesses and skin infections that cause scarring.