Histoplasmosis | Treatment

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How is histoplasmosis treated?

The treatment depends on how serious the infection is and how long the illness has lasted. Many people don't need any treatment and the body will fight the histoplasmosis infection on its own. Some people need to take an antifungal medicine, such as amphotericin or itraconazole. If you need to take medicine for histoplasmosis, your doctor will monitor you closely for possible side effects on your kidney or liver from the medicine. You may need to take medicine for weeks or months. If you have acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), you may need to take this medicine for the rest of your life.

Some people have to go to the hospital to get oxygen therapy and intravenous fluids. Others can be treated at home. Most people respond well with treatment.

Source

Overview of Histoplasmosis by R Kurowski, M.D. and M Ostapchuk, M.D. (American Family Physician December 15, 2002, http://www.aafp.org/afp/20021215/2247.html)

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 03/14
Created: 04/03

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