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Signs and Symptoms

The symptoms of nocardiosis vary depending on which part of your body is affected.

Nocardiosis infection most commonly occurs in the lung. If your lungs are infected, you can experience:

  • Fever
  • Weight loss
  • Night sweats
  • Cough
  • Chest pain
  • Pneumonia

When lung infections occur, the infection commonly spreads to the brain. If your central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) is infected, you can experience:

  • Headache
  • Weakness
  • Confusion
  • Seizures (sudden, abnormal electrical activity in the brain)

Skin infections can occur when open wounds or cuts come into contact with contaminated soil. If your skin is affected, you can experience:

  • Ulcers
  • Nodules sometimes draining and spreading along lymph nodes
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