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I have copd and have had histoplasmosis for around 9 mos. My new Dr. gave me Sporanax to take for 9 months.How long will it take me to start feeling better?

Yahoo Health has some good information on this


I've searched the web but for a better answer, we would have to have more information about your underlying illness.

I will take a guess and say that with copd it would take at least a couple months to feel better.  (+ info)

Can a student get histoplasmosis from living in a dorm room?

I recently had a fungus on my arm, but I also have a shortness of breathe that is symptomatic of histoplasmosis.

no. histoplasmosis is not contagious. it is spread through the air by breathing in fungal spores from bird droppings (generally chickens) or bat droppings. it is generally found in soil around the ohio river valley (midwest). most people never even know when they have histoplasmosis although in some regions it is thought that around 80% of the population would test positive. it generally causes flu or cold like symptoms. in rare cases it can cause severe respiratory symptoms and even death. there are now anti fungal medications but they aren't usually given except in the instances of disseminated histoplasmosis as they are extremely expensive and most people are able to fight off this infection on their own.  (+ info)

how do you make the people who own these gas wells and sludge pits pay for giving my son histoplasmosis capul?

He has histoplasmosis capulitis and now is having to have his second heart transplant, he is 4. We are going to loose everything because of this. What can we do?

I am sorry for the problems your son is encountering. But, neither gas wells or sludge pits have anything to do with causing Histoplasmosis. Histoplasmosis is caused by the fungal organism Histoplasma capsulatum. It is a common soil organism.

Most people in the eastern portion of the US have had non-symptomatic cases at some point in their life. Histo cases have symptoms similar to a cold or mild flu. Very few people develop severe disease but it is always a posibility. The young and elderly are more likely to have involved disease.

Histoplasma outbreaks are often, but not always, associated with high concentrations of bird droppings, such as roosting sites. The micro-environment of the droppings is perfect for high levels of spore production. The macrospores produced must be inhaled to initiate infection. Usually high numbers of spores are necessary. The infection is not contagious.

I would like to give you an answer that would give you comfort but it is highly unlikely that any attorney could convince a jury that the gas wells and sludge pits are the cause of your sons infection, particularly since it is commonly seen in areas that have no wells or pits.  (+ info)

How long does it take to cure histoplasmosis?

Also, how long does it take for symptoms (especially malaise) to improve after starting medication?

I heard it's 2 years, I think. Sorry, I wish I knew more personally.  (+ info)

What is the difference between Aspergillus and Histoplasmosis?

Someone with a medial background that could, in laymans terms give me the basic differences of these two conditions. I have known several people with histo of the lungs, and ocular histo, and more recently a now deceased person that had PC pneumonia along with Aspergillus. I have read some on both conditions, but would like to know what the differences are in the two. Thank you.

The most obvious difference is that they are caused by different fungi. Both can cause pneumonia, but histo very rarely leads to serious disease, since most people have a high level of innate resistance, and usuallly resolves without treatment.
Apergillosis does not occur in normal, healthy individuals with competent immune systems. This fungi can only cause infection in immunocompromised individuals, and can lead to life-threatening infection.  (+ info)

How can I prevent myself and family from getting histoplasmosis from my chicken coop?

The histoplasmosis will be present in the chicken poop in the hay or straw on the floor of the coop. You can prevent yourself from getting the fungus by not stirring up the hay or by wearing a mask. Take special precautions if you are immunocompromised.  (+ info)

What if I become pregnant while being untreated for histoplasmosis?

go for some oral instead  (+ info)

Can old histoplasmosis in the eye cause blindness ----yrs later on in life?

My brother was diagnosed with histoplasmosis when I was around 20yrs old and now many yrs later
The histoplasmosis residual matter is present in my right eye----could I lose sight in that eye?

Here are 2 links... wikipedia & the CDC.... I hope you are having it treated...good luck...  (+ info)

If my husband has Ocular histoplasmosis syndrome should i get checked?

my husband was diagnosed with OHS does it mean i could have it also? is it contagious? the eye dr just told him he had it not what it is or if we should worry about myself and our children also having it.

Histoplasmosis is a type of fungal infection which affects the back of the eye. Although it's not contagious between person to person, my advice would be to get checked if the infection is of recent onset. Histo is spread when the fungal spores are inhaled, usually via birds and other animals and is more common in the Ohio-Mississippi river valley. So if your husband was recently diagnosed, and you both have visited the same areas recently or been exposed to the same animals, it wouldn't hurt to have a dilated eye exam from your optometrist. But as far as "catching" it from him, there's no need to worry.  (+ info)

Does anyone know anything about histoplasmosis?

The eye doc said it wasn't anything serious and told me to research it if i wanted to know more about it, but all I've found is that it's caused by bat shit or something and it can lead to blindness as i get older because it causes scaring on my eyes. I've never been around bats or their shit, so i'm a little worried. when i talked to my doc he said i've probably had it since i was born. If i've had it since i was born, why would they just notice it now...i've been to the eye doctor many times in the past 20 years and have never had any problems. oh yeah and it said it can cause some breathing problem too?...i'm confused and a little worried.

Histoplasmosis [his-toh-plaz-MOH-sis] is a fungal infection that varies in symptoms and seriousness.
Histoplasmosis usually affects the lungs and causes a short-term, treatable lung infection. When it affects other parts of the body, it is called disseminated histoplasmosis. Disseminated histoplasmosis can be fatal.
The histoplasmosis fungus lives in soil, especially soil that is enriched with bat or bird droppings.
People get histoplasmosis when they breathe in dust that contains the fungus.
Histoplasmosis is treatable with fungus-killing medicines.
To prevent histoplasmosis: 1) avoid exposure to dust from soil that might be contaminated with bat or bird droppings, and 2) avoid disturbing accumulations of bat or bird droppings.
Histoplasmosis is an infection that varies in symptoms and seriousness. It usually affects the lungs. When it affects other parts of the body, it is called disseminated histoplasmosis.

Histoplasmosis is caused by Histoplasma capsulatum, a fungus. The fungus produces spores that can be inhaled when they get into the air. Spores are hardy forms of the fungus that can live in the environment for a long time.
The histoplasmosis fungus is found throughout the world. The fungus grows naturally in soil in some areas of the United States, mostly in the midwestern and southeastern states and along the Ohio and Mississippi River valleys. It thrives in soil that is enriched with bat or bird droppings

Most infected persons have no symptoms. When symptoms occur, they vary widely, depending on the form of the disease.

The lung infection can be short-term (acute) and relatively mild, or it can be long-term (chronic) and serious. Symptoms of the acute lung infection are tiredness, fever, chills, chest pains, and a dry cough. The chronic lung infection is like tuberculosis and occurs mostly in persons who already have lung disease. It can progress over months or years and can scar the lungs.

Disseminated histoplasmosis results in a variety of serious symptoms and can involve all body organs. The liver and spleen usually become enlarged, and sores in the mouth or gastrointestinal tract can develop. Disseminated histoplasmosis can be fatal.
Symptoms of acute disease usually appear in 5 to 18 days (usually 10 days) after exposure
Diagnosis can be made by laboratory culture or a blood test. A skin test is available but is useful only for outbreak investigations, not for diagnosis
Acute histoplasmosis can keep getting worse or can become chronic. Acute histoplasmosis can also spread from the lungs to other organs and lead to the disseminated form of the disease, especially in persons with weakened immune systems.
Persons with mild disease usually get better on their own. Severe cases of acute histoplasmosis and all cases of chronic and disseminated disease are treated with fungus-killing medicines.  (+ info)

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