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Sporotrichosis | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

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?

Side 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.

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Author: Danielle Zerr, MD
Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
Date Reviewed: 09/04/01

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