Symptoms of Histoplasmosis
Most people who are exposed to the fungus Histoplasma never have symptoms. Other people may have flu-like symptoms that usually go away on their own.
Symptoms of histoplasmosis include:1
- Fatigue (extreme tiredness)
- Chest pain
- Body aches
How soon do the symptoms of histoplasmosis appear?
Symptoms of histoplasmosis may appear between 3 and 17 days after a person breathes in the fungal spores.
How long do the symptoms of histoplasmosis last?
For most people, the symptoms of histoplasmosis will go away within a few weeks to a month.2 However, some people have symptoms that last longer than this, especially if the infection becomes severe.
In some people, usually those who have weakened immune systems, histoplasmosis can develop into a long-term lung infection, or it can spread from the lungs to other parts of the body, such as the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord).3
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- Wheat LJ, Conces D, Allen SD, Blue-Hnidy D, Loyd J. Pulmonary histoplasmosis syndromes: recognition, diagnosis, and management. Semin Respir Crit Care Med. 2004 Apr;25(2):129-44.
- Assi MA, Sandid MS, Baddour LM, Roberts GD, Walker RC. Systemic histoplasmosis: a 15-year retrospective institutional review of 111 patients. Medicine. 2007 May;86(3):162-9.