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Blastomycosis (cont.)

Are there Home Remedies for Blastomycosis?

Blastomycosis should not be attempted at home; a physician needs to diagnose, treat, and follow up with the infected patient to be sure the patient has adequate treatments and does not relapse.

What Is the Medical Treatment for Blastomycosis?

The most commonly used treatment for blastomycosis is an antifungal drug termed itraconazole (Sporanox). It may be used alone to treat mild to moderate blastomycosis infections. Patients with more severe disease may be treated with amphotericin B. Some severely ill patients are treated with both amphotericin B and itraconazole. There are other drugs related to itraconazole (the azole family of antibiotics), but none are as effective as itraconazole. In general, most clinicians treat the patient for about six to 12 months. Some immunosuppressed patients may require lifelong suppressive therapy with itraconazole. Newer antifungal drugs are being evaluated to treat blastomycosis.

What Is the Follow-up for Blastomycosis?

Follow-up is important for patients with blastomycosis because the treatment should be regularly given over long terms of time (often six to 12 months). Itraconazole blood levels should be examined to be sure the dosage is effective, and patients need to be monitored for symptom resolution or relapses by the doctor.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/9/2016

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