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.
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.
Reviewed and approved by the American Lung Association Scientific and Medical Editorial Review Panel.
Page last updated: March 12, 2020