What is it?

Valley fever is a fungal infection caused by a fungus group called coccidioides. The fungi infection occurs when people breathe the fungi into their lungs.

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Additional names

This group contains additional names:
- acute coccidioidomycosis
- coccidioidomycosis

Signs & symptoms

The most common signs and symptoms of valley fever include:
- Fever
- Cough
- Fatigue
- Shortness of breath
- Headache and chills
- Joint aches
- Spotty, red rash, mainly on lower legs

Diagnosis

Valley fever diagnosis usually starts when a healthcare provider evaluates your medical history and reviews your signs and symptoms. Then, they may order one or more of the following tests:
- Sputum smear or culture.
- Blood tests.
- In some cases, a small regimen from your lungs tissue (biopsy) may be remove for microscopic inspection.

Treatment

In mild cases of valley fever, most people don't require treatment. In more severe cases, a rest is recommended. If symptoms persist, your doctor may prescribe anti-fungal medications.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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