Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment

What are the Symptoms of Histoplasmosis?

Most people with histoplasmosis do not have symptoms. If symptoms do occur, they usually happen within an average of 10 days after exposure. They may include:

  • A general ill feeling
  • Fever
  • Chest pains
  • Cough that doesn't bring up mucus

More advanced histoplasmosis can also cause:

  • Excessive sweating
  • Coughing up blood
  • Shortness of breath
  • Headache
  • Neck stiffness
  • Mouth sores
  • Skin lesions

How is Histoplasmosis Detected?

How the disease is diagnosed depends on which parts of the body are affected. A chest x-ray may be able to detect histoplasmosis. In some cases, the doctor may take samples of blood, urine, sputum, or take tissue from your lymph nodes, lung or bone marrow to look for the fungus.

How is Histoplasmosis Treated?

Mild cases of histoplasmosis usually do not need treatment. More severe cases are treated with antifungal medications.