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How long does it typically take to cure coccidioidomycosis?


There is no absolute time frame. Each case is different. Some respond quicker than others. the course of treatment can take weeks to months depending on the individuals health, degree of infection, ability to tolerate anti-fungal drugs, and what area of the body involved. Anti-fungal drugs tend to be harsher, with more side-affects. Fungal infections are commonly more difficult to treat and have a longer treatment regimen. Each case is entirely different. It is often possible for the patient to appear cured, but have a relapse of infection at some point after anti-fungal drugs are discontinued.  (+ info)

What are the statistics of people infected with coccidioidomycosis in California?


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Info on Disseminated Coccidioidomycosis ?


I am looking for info on anyone who knows or has been treated for Disseminated Coccidioidomycosis; particulary treatment options in the Northern California area.
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Coccidioidomycosis, is it potentially fatal if left untreated?


Coccidioides immitis is a fungus found mainly in soil in the southwestern parts of the US, in Mexico, in Central America, and in parts of South America.
During one part of the fungus' life cycle, it is airborn. That's when it is most dangerous. Those with Coccidioidomycosis have inhaled this infective fungus.
The lungs are the most commonly affected. In severe cases, Coccidioidomycosis can also involve the kidneys, lymph system, brain, and spleen.
Symptoms include cough, weight loss, and fatigue. Meningitis is a common complication when Coccidioidomycosis is left untreated.
The US Centers For Disease Control considers this an AIDS-defining condition --
Coccidioidomycosis, disseminated or extrapulmonary
Sequelae Meningitis may lead to permanent neurologic damage. Mortality is high in HIV-infected persons with diffuse lung disease.

So, YA ! It's dangerous.  (+ info)

Why is coccidioidomycosis named as such when it is a fungal disease, not a baterial disease (Med Term question?


Common knowledge in Biology is cocci cells are berry shaped bacterial cells. However, in the medical field coccidioidomycosis is actually a fungal disease of the lung. It's not bacterial at all. Even more interesting is that the nick name for this disease is simply, "cocci." Why is this disease named after a very common bacterial cell present in strep and staph, when it isn't a bacteria at all: it's a fungus?
{Further break down of the work is -oid (resembling) and mycosis is fungus so you have fungus resembling "round" (cocci)} What does "dioid" mean? (/o is the connecting vowel)
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The above is correct. The name merely descibes the fungus. If you look at the histological pictures you'll see that it is spherical.  (+ info)

Anyone ever heard of Coccidioidomycosis,(Valley Fever), and known of anyone who had a 'nodule' in their lung?


According to doctors, I had a 3.5cm,(1 3/8"), nodule suspected to be cancer in my lower left lobe of my lung. CT Guided Needle Biopsy proved inconclusive, so entire lower lobe was removed, Fri. the 8th. Pathologists say it's a nodule formed by 'Valley Fever'. I had worked in South New Mexico in oil exploration in early eighties. From what I have read a cold, or flu are the common symptoms, anyone ever heard of anyone with my condition?
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The original name is San Joaquin Valley Fever, where I used to live. Outside the places where it's endemic, even doctors may not have heard of it. The Wikipedia article on it is pretty good, with a nice map of where people get this. I remember seeing an article years ago that showed by antibodies that most people in an endemic area have had some exposure to the fungus that causes this disease. Most have no symptoms. A few have devastating symptoms, including a lingering meningitis. If someone is immunosupressed they can have a severe disease from this, but sometimes it's hard to say why it causes more disease in one person than another, such as your pulmonary nodule.

It's very curable by anti-fungal agents once it's diagnosed. Did they think the surgery was all you need?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coccidiomycosis  (+ info)

Skin diseases and internal infections: caused by Bacterial, virus, fungi?


10)

Which of the following diseases has a cutaneous form, especially in individuals over 30 years of age?

10)

______
A)

Legionellosis
B)

Coccidioidomycosis
C)

Diphtheria
D)

Scarlet fever
E)

None of the above

11)

Which of the following causes an infection of the respiratory system that is transmitted by the gastrointestinal route?

11)

______
A)

Haemophilus influenzae
B)

Streptococcus pyogenes
C)

Streptococcus pneumoniae
D)

Mycobacterium tuberculosis
E)

Mycoplasma pneumoniae

12)

Which of the following pairs is mismatched?

12)

______
A)

Whooping cough  Bordetella
B)

Q fever  Rickettsia
C)

Epiglottitis  Haemophilus
D)

Psittacosis  Chlamydia
E)

None of the above

13)

Pneumonia can be caused by all of the following except

13)

______
A)

Mycoplasma.
B)

Haemophilus.
C)

Legionella.
D)

Streptococcus.
E)

None of the above.

14)

Which of the following causes opportunistic infections in AIDS patients?

14)

______
A)

Aspergillus
B)

Mucor
C)

Pneumocystis
D)

Rhizopus
E)

All of the above

15)

Which of the following diseases is not correctly matched to its reservoir?

15)

______
A)

Tuberculosis  cattle
B)

Histoplasmosis  soil
C)

Coccidioidomycosis  air
D)

Pneumocystis  humans
E)

Psittacosis  parakeets

16)

Which of the following does not produce an exotoxin?

16)

______
A)

Mycobacterium tuberculosis
B)

Corynebacterium diptheriae
C)

Streptococcus pygones
D)

Bordetella pertussis
E)

None of the above

17)

Which one of the following causes a disease characterized by the catarrhal, paroxysmal, and convalescent stages?

17)

______
A)

Corynebacterium diphtheriae
B)

Bordetella pertussis
C)

Mycobacterium tuberculosis
D)

Streptococcus pyogenes
E)

None of the above

18)

Which one of the following is an irregular, gram-positive rod?

18)

______
A)

Streptococcus pyogenes
B)

Corynebacterium diptheriae
C)

Bordetella pertussis
D)

Myobacterium tuberculosis
E)

None of the above

19)

Infection by which of the following results in the formation of Ghon complexes?

19)

______
A)

Bordetella pertussis
B)

Mycobacterium tuberculosis
C)

Corynebacterium diptheriae
D)

Streptococcus pyogenes
E)

None of the above

20)

Which one of the following produces the most potent exotoxin?

20)

______
A)

Bordetella pertussis
B)

Streptococcus pyogenes
C)

Corynebacterium diphtheriae
D)

Mycobacterium tuberculosis
E)

None of the above

21)

The recurrence of influenza epidemics is due to

21)

______
A)

Antigenic shift.
B)

Lack of naturally acquired active immunity.
C)

Lack of antiviral drugs.
D)

The Guillain-Barré syndrome.
E)

All of the above.

22)

Which of the following is an opportunistic pathogen?

22)

______
A)

Rhinovirus
B)

Pneumocystis
C)

Histoplasma
D)

Mycoplasma
E)

Legionella

23)

Which of the following etiologic agents results in the formation of abscesses?

23)

______
A)

Mycoplasma
B)

Staphylococcus
C)

Streptococcus
D)

Blastomyces
E)

None of the above

24)

Which of the following is most susceptible to destruction by phagocytes?

24)

______
A)

Influenzavirus
B)

Chlamydophila psittaci
C)

Streptococcus pneumoniae
D)

Streptococcus pyogenes
E)

All of the above

25)

A healthy carrier state exists for

25)

______
A)

Haemophilus influenzae.
B)

Streptococcus pneumoniae.
C)

Corynebacterium diphtheriae.
D)

Beta-hemolytic streptococci.
E)

All of the above.

26)

Infection by which of the following is often confused with viral pneumonia?

26)

______
A)

Streptococcus
B)

Blastomyces
C)

Coccidioides
D)

Mycoplasma
E)

None of the above

27)

Which one of the following causes a disease characterized by a red rash?

27)

______
A)

Coccidioides
B)

Streptococcus
C)

Blastomyces
D)

Mycoplasma
E)

None of the above

28)

Inhalation of arthroconidia is responsible for infection by which of the following organisms?

28)

______
A)

Blastomyces
B)

Coccidioides
C)

Streptococcus
D)

Mycoplasma
E)

None of the above

29)

Which of the following pairs is mismatche
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MICROBES: Virus, bacteria, fungi, diseases AND INFECTIONS?


10)

Which of the following diseases has a cutaneous form, especially in individuals over 30 years of age?

10)

______
A)

Legionellosis
B)

Coccidioidomycosis
C)

Diphtheria
D)

Scarlet fever
E)

None of the above

11)

Which of the following causes an infection of the respiratory system that is transmitted by the gastrointestinal route?

11)

______
A)

Haemophilus influenzae
B)

Streptococcus pyogenes
C)

Streptococcus pneumoniae
D)

Mycobacterium tuberculosis
E)

Mycoplasma pneumoniae

12)

Which of the following pairs is mismatched?

12)

______
A)

Whooping cough  Bordetella
B)

Q fever  Rickettsia
C)

Epiglottitis  Haemophilus
D)

Psittacosis  Chlamydia
E)

None of the above

13)

Pneumonia can be caused by all of the following except

13)

______
A)

Mycoplasma.
B)

Haemophilus.
C)

Legionella.
D)

Streptococcus.
E)

None of the above.

14)

Which of the following causes opportunistic infections in AIDS patients?

14)

______
A)

Aspergillus
B)

Mucor
C)

Pneumocystis
D)

Rhizopus
E)

All of the above

15)

Which of the following diseases is not correctly matched to its reservoir?

15)

______
A)

Tuberculosis  cattle
B)

Histoplasmosis  soil
C)

Coccidioidomycosis  air
D)

Pneumocystis  humans
E)

Psittacosis  parakeets

16)

Which of the following does not produce an exotoxin?

16)

______
A)

Mycobacterium tuberculosis
B)

Corynebacterium diptheriae
C)

Streptococcus pygones
D)

Bordetella pertussis
E)

None of the above

17)

Which one of the following causes a disease characterized by the catarrhal, paroxysmal, and convalescent stages?

17)

______
A)

Corynebacterium diphtheriae
B)

Bordetella pertussis
C)

Mycobacterium tuberculosis
D)

Streptococcus pyogenes
E)

None of the above

18)

Which one of the following is an irregular, gram-positive rod?

18)

______
A)

Streptococcus pyogenes
B)

Corynebacterium diptheriae
C)

Bordetella pertussis
D)

Myobacterium tuberculosis
E)

None of the above

19)

Infection by which of the following results in the formation of Ghon complexes?

19)

______
A)

Bordetella pertussis
B)

Mycobacterium tuberculosis
C)

Corynebacterium diptheriae
D)

Streptococcus pyogenes
E)

None of the above

20)

Which one of the following produces the most potent exotoxin?

20)

______
A)

Bordetella pertussis
B)

Streptococcus pyogenes
C)

Corynebacterium diphtheriae
D)

Mycobacterium tuberculosis
E)

None of the above

21)

The recurrence of influenza epidemics is due to

21)

______
A)

Antigenic shift.
B)

Lack of naturally acquired active immunity.
C)

Lack of antiviral drugs.
D)

The Guillain-Barré syndrome.
E)

All of the above.

22)

Which of the following is an opportunistic pathogen?

22)

______
A)

Rhinovirus
B)

Pneumocystis
C)

Histoplasma
D)

Mycoplasma
E)

Legionella

23)

Which of the following etiologic agents results in the formation of abscesses?

23)

______
A)

Mycoplasma
B)

Staphylococcus
C)

Streptococcus
D)

Blastomyces
E)

None of the above

24)

Which of the following is most susceptible to destruction by phagocytes?

24)

______
A)

Influenzavirus
B)

Chlamydophila psittaci
C)

Streptococcus pneumoniae
D)

Streptococcus pyogenes
E)

All of the above

25)

A healthy carrier state exists for

25)

______
A)

Haemophilus influenzae.
B)

Streptococcus pneumoniae.
C)

Corynebacterium diphtheriae.
D)

Beta-hemolytic streptococci.
E)

All of the above.

26)

Infection by which of the following is often confused with viral pneumonia?

26)

______
A)

Streptococcus
B)

Blastomyces
C)

Coccidioides
D)

Mycoplasma
E)

None of the above

27)

Which one of the following causes a disease characterized by a red rash?

27)

______
A)

Coccidioides
B)

Streptococcus
C)

Blastomyces
D)

Mycoplasma
E)

None of the above

28)

Inhalation of arthroconidia is responsible for infection by which of the following organisms?

28)

______
A)

Blastomyces
B)

Coccidioides
C)

Streptococcus
D)

Mycoplasma
E)

None of the above

29)

Which of the following pairs is mismatche
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I waded laboriously down that widely spaced list.
Now you wade through these...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cutaneous_conditions  (+ info)


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