What are the treatments for the disease?
Sporotrichosis is usually treated
with antifungal medications taken by mouth, such as a solution of potassium
iodide or itraconazole. If the person has severe symptoms, is resistant to oral medications, or has infection elsewhere in the body, the provider may give the amphotericin B through an intravenous
line or IV. An IV is a thin tube inserted into the person's vein to
provide fluids or medication. Covering the sores with loose-fitting bandages
may help prevent secondary infection. If the bones, joints, or lungs have
been infected with lesions, surgery may be necessary.
What are the side effects of the treatments?
effects will depend on the medication used. Saturated solution of potassium
iodide has the highest rate of side effects including nausea, vomiting, rash, and fever. Amphotericin B may cause fever, chills, and decreased
kidney function. Surgery poses a risk of bleeding, infection, or allergic reaction to anesthesia.
What happens after treatment for the disease?
With prompt treatment,
the sporotrichosis infection is usually completely cleared away. The
infection, however, may come back.
How is the disease monitored?
Any new or worsening
symptoms should be reported to the healthcare provider.