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Coccidioidomycosis Skin Lesion - Causes and Symptoms

Skin lesions of Coccidioidomycosis are caused only due to the inhalation of the fungal spore known as Coccidioides immitis. This type of fungal infection is common in the desert regions of southwest US and in the central parts of America and south parts of South America. The fungal infection takes place in the lungs as the spores settle in the body and cause allergic reaction to the presence of the Coccidioides immitis fungus. Soils in these areas have fungal particles and those staying in the desert regions usually are susceptible to contracting this disorder. Even more impressionable are those who are already suffering from debilitating disorder with a hindered immune system. Most of the affected individuals usually have little or no symptoms at al. however those with compromised immune systems display symptoms of the disease. Especially those with cancer, AIDS, or those who have undergone organ transplants stand the risk of widespread and severe complications.

Coccidioidomycosis Skin Lesion Information

The lesions may form during the early stages of the disease. These lesions include erythema nodosum or erythema multiforme. In normal healthy people the rash that occurs is a general reaction to the presence of foreign bodies in the body. In people who are immune-depressed, the primary infection in the lungs may spread to the surrounding areas, including body and skin tissues, and the lesions may further develop into ulcers, blistering nodules and papules. The lesions contain the fungus and can be detected with the help of further tests. These lesions are detected on the face and in not treated may also turn into abscesses. The kind of medication administered to the patient depends upon the severity of the disease and the spread in the body. Mostly for initial stages antifungal medication are prescribed. For those who have widespread development of the disease; it may also include intravenous and oral medication including topical applications for the sores. Those who have a weak immune system however may require a long term treatment.

The lesions are not typical of the disease and hence there may be a variety of lesions that occur. Hence for a doctor an initial diagnose may be difficult unless the doctor suggests a skin biopsy or an x-ray of the chest to find out the root of the issue. If you suspect this condition it is vest to consult a doctor instead of resorting to home medications, as this disease could have serious repercussions.