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Sporotrichosis (cont.)

Sporotrichosis Follow-up

  • Multiple follow-up visits may be needed with a doctor to make sure the disease is disappearing.
  • Once the disease goes away, further follow-up care is generally not needed.

Sporotrichosis Prevention

The most important step in preventing sporotrichosis is preventing mold spores from entering the skin.

  • People who work with roses, hay, or sphagnum moss should cover any scratches or breaks in their skin.
  • They should wear heavy boots and gloves to prevent puncture wounds.
  • People with a suppressed immune system should be exceptionally careful to avoid any contact with rose thorns or soil and moss used for gardening or farm use.

Sporotrichosis Prognosis

Most people who have sporotrichosis only in their skin or lymph nodes make a full recovery with appropriate treatment. However, outcomes may range from good to poor if diagnosis and treatment is delayed. They are as follows:

  • Treating the infection may take several months or years, and scars may remain at the site of the original infection.
  • Infections involving the brain, lungs, joints, or other areas of the body are much more difficult to treat.
  • Surgical removal of part of an infected organ like the lung can be a serious complication of an infection.

Medically reviewed by Norman Levine, MD; American Board of Dermatology


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