Valley Fever is a disease caused by a fungus “Coccidiodes”. This condition referred to as “San Joaquin Valley Fever” or “Desert Rheumatism”. The infection occurs in the lungs. It can spread to other parts of the body.
The severe case called “Disseminated Coccidioidomycosis”. The fungus tends to live in the soil. This disease found in most places such as:
A person with this disease gets better without any treatment. The condition may take place within a week or months. While some people with a severe case may need antifungal medication.
The symptoms of this condition may vary to the infection. Some people exposed to this disease don’t have any symptoms. But if it occurs, it can develop a serious disease. Such as Chronic and Disseminated Valley Fever.
The initial forms may have flu-like signs such as:
Chronic Valley Fever Symptoms:
Disseminated Valley Fever Symptoms:
SOURCE OF INFECTION
The cause of the infection is a fungus “Coccidioides Immitis” and “Coccidioides posadasii”. It transmits by the respiratory tract through inhalation. Once they’re inhaled, it develops from 30-60 micron called “Spherules”. It is filled with 3-5 micron diameter endospores.
RISK AND PREVENTION
WHO GETS VALLEY FEVER?
The following are factors at risk of developing the condition:
The listed below are some tips to prevent from developing the condition.
It is difficult to diagnose valley fever. You can’t rely on the signs and symptoms of this condition. Due to the same symptoms with other illnesses. The diagnosis will depend on the presence of the fungus. Your doctor will suggest you to undergo:
The following are some treatments for Valley Fever.