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      Category : Health Centers > Respiratory System (Lungs and Breathing)

Valley Fever

Alternate Names : San Joaquin Valley Fever, Coccidioidomycosis

Valley Fever | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the treatments for the infection?

The acute form of valley fever normally clears up without treatment. Bed rest and fever- reducing medications may be recommended. In more severe cases, fungus-killing medications may be used.

A healthcare provider may prescribe amphotericin B to be given through a vein. In cases of recurrence, a medication such as ketoconazole may be prescribed between courses of amphotericin. In severe cases, surgery may be needed to drain abscesses in the lungs.

What are the side effects of the treatments?

Possible side effects of the medications include stomach upset, allergic reactions, and irritation at the site in the vein where the medication is being given. Any surgery poses a risk of infection, bleeding, and allergic reaction to the anesthesia.

What happens after treatment for the infection?

After treatment, valley fever usually goes away. In rare cases, the infection recurs, and further treatment is needed.

How is the infection monitored?

In cases of continued infection, the person may be monitored for recurrent symptoms. Any new or worsening symptoms should be reported to the healthcare provider.

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Author: John Riddle
Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
Date Reviewed: 08/29/01

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