Treating and Preventing Histoplasmosis

How Histoplasmosis Is Treated

Most cases of histoplasmosis go away on their own in a few weeks without treatment. However, for chronic or disseminated histoplasmosis, antifungal medication is recommended. The amount of time someone has to receive treatment will depend on the severity of the infection and the person’s immune status. Normally the course of treatment ranges from three months to a year.

Preventing Histoplasmosis

For most people, there are no long-term consequences of histoplasmosis. Reoccurrence is possible, however, especially for people with weakened immune systems. So, it is important to take precautions to avoid infection in the future. This includes avoiding activities or jobs that lead to high levels of exposure to the fungus.

Finding Support

To talk to a trained respiratory professional who can help answer your questions and connect you with additional support, call the Lung Association's Lung HelpLine at 1-800-LUNGUSA. For more severe or chronic forms of histoplasmosis, connect with others on our Living with Lung Disease Support Community page.

Reviewed and approved by the American Lung Association Scientific and Medical Editorial Review Panel.

Page last updated: March 12, 2020

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