Sporotrichosis is an infection caused by the fungus Sporothrix schenckii, found throughout the world. Sporotrichosis is usually associated with minor skin cuts and scrapes that occur when handling vegetation. The symptoms of Sporotrichosis consist of small bump on the arm, finger or hand, shortness of breath, cough and fever.
HOW IS SPOROTRICHOSIS DIAGNOSED?
The symptoms of this disease actually start off very slowly and thus one can experience and usually blood tests reveal the same.
HOW IS SPOROTRICHOSIS TREATED?
Most cases of sporotrichosis only involve the skin and/or subcutaneous tissues and are non-life-threatening, but the infection requires treatment with prescription antifungal medication for several months. Supersaturated potassium iodide (SSKI) is another treatment option for cutaneous or lymphocutaneous disease. SSKI and azole drugs like itraconazole should not be used during pregnancy. Treatment recommendations may differ for children.
DID YOU KNOW?
The exact incidence of sporotrichosis is unknown, but people at increased risk for sporotrichosis usually have occupational or recreational exposures related to agriculture, horticulture, forestry, or gardening.