Symptoms of Histoplasmosis


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General information about symptoms of Histoplasmosis: The symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible symptoms of Histoplasmosis. This symptom information has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of symptoms of Histoplasmosis. Furthermore, symptoms of Histoplasmosis may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of symptoms and whether they are indeed symptoms of Histoplasmosis.

List of symptoms of Histoplasmosis: The list of symptoms mentioned in various sources for Histoplasmosis includes:

Symptoms of Histoplasmosis: Most infected persons have no apparent ill effects. The acute respiratory disease is characterized by respiratory symptoms, a general ill feeling, fever, chest pains, and a dry or nonproductive cough. Distinct patterns may be seen on a chest x-ray. Chronic lung disease resembles tuberculosis and can worsen over months or years. The disseminated form is fatal unless treated. 1

Symptomatic infection usually presents as a flu-like illness with fever, cough, headaches, and myalgias. Some patients fail to recover and develop chronic pulmonary infection or widespread disseminated infection (affecting mucosal surfaces, liver, spleen, adrenal gland and meninges). Acute septic presentation seen in some HIV-infected persons2

Histoplasmosis is often so mild that it produces no apparent symptoms. Any symptoms that might occur are often similar to those from a common cold. In fact, if you had histoplasmosis symptoms, you might dismiss them as those from a cold or flu, since the body's immune system normally overcomes the infection in a few days without treatment.3

More symptoms of Histoplasmosis: In addition to the above information, to get a full picture of the possible symptoms of this condition and its related conditions, it may be necessary to examine symptoms that may be caused by complications of Histoplasmosis, underlying causes of Histoplasmosis, associated conditions for Histoplasmosis, risk factors for Histoplasmosis, or other related conditions.

Medical articles on symptoms: These general reference articles may be of interest:



Footnotes:
1. excerpt from Histoplasmosis General: DBMD
2. excerpt from Histoplasmosis: DBMD
3. excerpt from Facts About Histoplasmosis: NEI

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