Symptoms of Coccidioidomycosis (Valley Fever)
Most people who are exposed to the fungus do not develop symptoms, or have very mild flu-like symptoms that go away on their own. Some people may develop a more severe infection, especially those who have a weakened immune system, are of African-American or Filipino descent, or are pregnant in their third trimester.
Symptoms of coccidioidomycosis include:
- Rash on upper trunk or extremities
- Muscle aches
- Joint pain in the knees or ankles
Symptoms of advanced coccidioidomycosis include:
- Skin lesions
- Chronic pneumonia
- Bone or joint infection
Symptoms of coccidioidomycosis may appear between 1 and 3 weeks after exposure to the fungus. Some patients have reported having symptoms for 6 months or longer, especially if the infection is not diagnosed right away. If your symptoms last for more than a week, contact your healthcare provider.