Histoplasmosis is an infection caused by the fungus Histoplasma capsulatum. Histoplasmosis is the most common of the three major endemic (limited to a specific geographical area) fungal infections of North America.
Learn About Histoplasmosis
Histoplasmosis is usually acquired by breathing fungal spores from the soil or in construction projects. It is not contagious and it usually resolves on its own. But people with weakened immune systems can develop a severe and life-threatening form of this disease.Learn more
Histoplasmosis Symptoms, Causes and Risk Factors
Most histoplasmosis infections resolve by themselves. However, three forms of histoplasmosis, acute, chronice and disseminated, may require antifungal therapy.Learn more
Diagnosing and Treating Histoplasmosis
As long as the diagnosis is made and antifungal therapy started in a timely fashion, histoplasmosis can be effectively treated with the currently available therapies.Learn more
Living With Histoplasmosis
Patients usually make a good recovery after completing the treatment course and reversing the underlying immune suppression that might have predisposed them to the infection, such as AIDS or use of immunosuppressing medications.Learn more
Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Histoplasmosis
Making notes before your visit, as well as taking along a trusted family member or friend, can help you through the first appointment with your doctor.Learn more
This content was developed in partnership with the CHEST Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the American College of Chest Physicians.