Blastomycosis is a rare infection that occurs when someone inhales a fungal spore from Blastomyces dermatitidis.

Often the fungus can be found in soil and wood.

Typically found in the Southeastern, central (south), and midwest of the United States.

Can also be seen in some of the areas surrounding the Great Lakes, Canada, India, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Africa.

Many are exposed to the fugal infection but only a small portion has adverse symptoms.

Others can have a cough, experience pneumonia with symptoms for months on end.

Very rarely complications can include spreading of the fungal infection to skin, joints, bone, and prostate gland

 

Symptoms:

  • Cough  (may produce brown or bloody mucus)
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle pain
  • Fever
  • Joint pain
  • Night sweats
  • Rash
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sweating
  • Weight loss
  • Chest pain

 

Prognosis:

  • Patients do well when treated
  • If no treatment, symptoms can become serious enough, including death.

 

Treatment:

Antifungal Medications

  • Itraconaxole
  • Amphertericin
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