Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment

What are the Symptoms of Cocci?

Sixty percent of people infected by the fungus have no symptoms or apparent illness.

Symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Weakness
  • Achy joints
  • Cough
  • Chest pain
  • Rash

How is Cocci Detected?

Tests to detect coccidioidomycosis may include:

  • Examination of sputum (mucus) or other body fluid to look for cocci organism
  • Blood tests to look for body's reaction to presence of the fungus
  • Skin tests
  • Chest X-rays

How is Cocci Treated?

If you have flu-like symptoms, you will probably be told to rest. Your doctor may recommend treatment for symptoms such as cough and fever.

If you have the more severe form of the disease, a variety of drugs are now available to treat it. Occasionally surgery is recommended to remove a diseased portion of the lung, bone, or skin.