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Sporotrichosis (cont.)

When to Seek Medical Care

When to call the doctor

  • If a person thinks they might have sporotrichosis, they should see a doctor for evaluation and treatment.
  • If someone is already being treated for sporotrichosis, they should contact a doctor if new sores develop or if the old ones appear to be growing, immediately if they have a weakened immune system.

When to go to the hospital

  • Uncomplicated sporotrichosis in the skin or lymph nodes is not dangerous or life threatening, so no hospitalization is needed.
  • Open ulcers can become infected with bacteria and may cause a secondary bacterial infection.
  • If a rapidly expanding area of redness, pain, and warmth around the original ulcers develops, a person should go to a hospital's emergency department for diagnosis.

Sporotrichosis Diagnosis

Other infections can mimic sporotrichosis, so a doctor performs tests to confirm the diagnosis. These tests usually involve a biopsy of one of the nodules, followed by an examination of the biopsy material under a microscope to identify the pathogen. Other possible infections that are easy to confuse with sporotrichosis include the following:

The fungi can be distinguished from other organisms by culturing the fungus from lesions and then identifying its characteristic structure. This is usually done in special labs set up with trained technicians. There are other tests like fluorescent antibody identification of the fungi, but these are not widely available.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/19/2016

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