Histoplasmosis is a fungal infection that often causes a respiratory illness.
Histoplasmosis is caused by infection with a fungus. Humans become infected by exposure to bird and bat droppings.
A risk factor is something that increases your chance of getting a disease or condition. Risk factors for histoplasmosis include:
Many patients may not have any symptoms.
Symptoms may include:
The doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history, and perform a physical exam.
Tests may include:
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These may include amphotericin B or itraconazole. Patients with AIDS may require treatment with an antifungal medication for the rest of their lives to prevent further attacks of histoplasmosis.
If you might be exposed to bird or bat droppings, wear a face mask. If you have a weakened immune system, completely avoid bird and bat droppings.
Last reviewed November 2008 by Rosalyn Carson-DeWitt, MD
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