Last Modified on Jun 22, 2014
What Is Coccidioidomycosis?
Somewhat of an epidemic in southwestern locations including Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Utah and northwestern Mexico, coccidioidomycosis, is a fungal disease initiated by infection-causing coccidioides. More commonly known as valley fever, the infection also goes by several other names – California disease, desert rheumatism, and Joaquin valley fever. As is suggested by the various names, the infection is typically associated with dry, arid areas that are subject to high soil use and disruption.
The first signs of the disease often include fever, chest pain, and coughing; however, several other symptoms can also develop. Additional symptoms include chills, night sweats, headache, fatigue, achy joints, and a red skin rash. The rash associated with valley fever begins as a red, spotted, bumpy development that then turns brown. Minus the rash, the other symptoms identified with valley fever mimic flu like symptoms and may range from minor to severe.
Valley fever is caused by fungi– Coccidioides immitis or Coccidioides posadasii – that are particularly prevalent in the southwest. These fungi thrive in arid desert soils and remain dormant through especially dry spells, forming mold with long filaments. The filaments break off and become airborne spores as the rains come and soil is disrupted. Infection is caused by inhaling the particles only; it cannot be spread from person to person. Once inside the lungs, the spores reproduce, extending the cycle of the disease.
Valley Fever/Coccidioidomycosis Remedies
As coccidioidomycosis is a fungal infection, treatment must be focused on eradicating the fungus in the body. Several natural treatments are especially effective for removing fungus and any other toxins from the body. A regimen of hydrogen peroxide taken orally for an extended period of time cleanses the body and remedies valley fever. Additional options include herbs, such as mullein leaf tea and turmeric, and anti-fungal oils, including extra virgin coconut oil and oil of oregano. Detoxing the body is the most important factor for treating valley fever and can be achieved using any of these natural options.
12/26/2007: Roxanne from Las Vegas, Nv: "re: valley fever/coccidiomycosis -- I heard that a food grade peroxide will cure one from Valley Fever."Replies
05/18/2009: Jessica from Tulare, CA replies: "Please tell me how you used the Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide to cure the Valley Fever! Thank You!"
06/06/2013: Estherfaith from Los Angeles, Ca replies: "There is a book on Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide that we use. It gives the doses. My husband drank it to FINALLY get rid of his psoriasis. I used drank it so I could FINALLY get rid of my anemia. My body was then able to see the iron and restore my immune system. I am now even able to donate blood."
[YEA] 09/19/2013: Dgoddess from Phoenix, Az replies: "Use foodgrade hydrogen peroxide. Start with less if you feel fragile or very sick with candida, cancer etc start with 1 drop!!! Also reduce if feeling effects too strongly. Please ask your Dr. if this is right for you, suggest a Naturpath or Homeopath.
Always use with 8oz distilled water.
1st day, use 9 drops (3 drops 3x a day)
all 3x a day in 3rds so for 12 drops 4drops@ at time
2nd day 12
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for more serious complaints stay at 25 drops 3x a day for 1-3 weeks until resolved. May take 1-6 mos.
when free of complaints taper off by 25 drops once every other day 4x
25 drops every 3rd day for 2 weeks
25 drops once every fourth day for 3 weeks"
01/02/2011: Jeanne Weight from Tucson, Arizona: "I have her on floxaconal I think it is called but I wondered it there is homeopathic remedy too?"
05/14/2010: Lindat from Macomb, Michigan, U.s.: "Hello, my mother is in the hospital we believe with Valley Fever. I didn't see anything about Valley Fever on your website so I was wondering if you have any remedies for it. As of now she has pneumonia, coughing, aching, fatique, loss of breath, she also had a rash on her lower legs before she got really sick. She lives in Arizona close to the highway and the deserts. If you have any suggestions please let me know, thank you in advance."Replies
05/19/2010: T from Brooklyn, Ny replies: "Hi there. Because Valley Fever is a fungal infection of the lungs - I would strongly recommend the use of herbs in this instance. As well as potent (anti-fungal) oils such as extra virgin coconut oil or Oil of Oregano.
The herbs would be: mullein leaf tea and turmeric. I don't know your aversion to herbs but both I know (personally) are exceptional for treating inflammatory related conditions. In your mom's case - she needs to address not only the fungal infection but also the residual inflammation caused by the infection itself. Mullein leaf is a lung tonic and expectorant. Essentially, it helps to moisturize and lubricate dry, irritated and inflamed mucous membranous tissues. It'll help her to loosen, drive and expel any excess mucus from the walls of her lungs so she can accomplish (2) things: get it out of her system and re-stabilize her breathing. I've used it to treat severe sinusitis ear infections...and I find it to be very effective. The turmeric will help to significantly reduce your mother's overall systemic inflammatory response.
So while taking up to 3 tablespoons/day of EVCO OR 10-20 drops (gradually) of Oil of Oregano - she can also drink *simultaneously* a cup of mullein tea (please brew for 10-12mins) up to 3x/day (u can even put a tsp of EVCO in her tea w/ a tsp of turmeric - either way is fine) and this should start to help alleviate and address some of her symptoms. The turmeric can also be made as a tea - just simply add a tsp to hot water mix w/ lemon. Please also have her drink a lot of water! She will need to in order to flush out the infection.
I did also want to add that Ted's baking soda remedies are a great adjunct as well! The 1/2 tsp baking soda/lemon mix can help alkalize her system quickly (fungus cannot thrive in a alkalized environment) but do ensure she is getting a high quality multi-vitamin or even a nutrient-dense drink such as a green smoothie so that her nutritional reserves are not depleted. I hope this has been of some help and I pray she gets well soon!
God Bless You!"
11/06/2011: Lorhen from Gilbert, Az, Usa replies: "I have valley fever now, diagnosed by blood tests and am using wild oregano oil 10 drops twice a day and UV blood irradiation treatments. I also use a product called Oregaresp by North American Herbs. These methods are all working and I am finally on the mend.
My symptoms were chest congestion, cough, difficulty breathing, weakness, EXTREME FATIGUE, loss of appetite, weight loss, night sweats. Most of those symptoms have lessened after two weeks but I still do have some fatigue and a tiny bit of chest congestion.. It does take some time to get over this but you can do it w/o Diflucan (toxic) if you get over pneumonia or other side effects of the valley fever..
Also there has been a 40% increase in VF cases in Maricopa county this year alone because of all the dust storms (haboobs) we have had.."
11/23/2011: Lorhen from Gilbert, Az replies: "UPDATE.
Still on the Wild Oregano and UV blood treatments. Am very slowing getting better but there have been many cleaning reactions (herx reactions) from the UV blood treatments. It is not easy healing from this horrible fungal infection. I am refusing to take any toxic medictions like Diflucan... I know the healing will take time but I am willing to do what it takes..
I am also considering MMS as I know one gal that said she cured herself of valley fever using MMS.."
03/11/2012: Misty from Las Cruces, Nm replies: "i am a 40 year old female who contracted valley fever in new mexico and my doctor had never treated a case ever..! I became extremely ill an was having seisures an parallaysis and horrible pain in everyone of my joints and coughing an spitting up lots of dark black mucus. my doctor mis diagnosed me with ms, fibromyalgia, 4th stage lung cancer. I had none of these... I had valley fever that had disseminated.
I would later learn, this was more horrible than cancer it self. I had a operation to remove part of my lung an the tumor the fungus had created. I then under went 6 months of treatment with amphotericin b TOXIC!
I have also been informed that there is no cure for valley fever once you have this form, it is incurable an causes many on going problems. I continue to be held hostage by this horrible debilitating disease, help and join us patients to find a cure...."
07/10/2012: Jim from Brownsville, Or. replies: "After I received my U. S. Army discharge, (1964) I went to Phoenix, Az. to attend a wedding. I was infected with Valley Fever while hunting in the desert and it diseminated to my lungs, then to my shoulder and left side, appearing as giant boil-like sores. I spent almost 2 years in the vertrans hospital in Santa Monica, Cal. I received weekly IV's of amphoterisan b. until my kidneys started to become damaged. This process took 18 months, and I had only received just half of the recommended dose. I was told that my kidneys could take no more, so I would either survive or not.
I have lived for over 40 years since that time, but have been told NOT to go into any area again that has Valley Fever, as It could return and I would die. (One other MD at the Veteran's hospital said that I am now immune and could never catch it again. ) Who do you believe? I have never been back to visit my relatives in Phoenix or California who live in areas where Valley Fever is prevelant. While in the Vet's hospital, I saw people with noses eaten away, and huge leasions on their skin, who had been there longer than I, and still were under treatment. I wish anyone with the disease a happy recovery, and hope it never diseminates. Jim"
09/28/2012: Aztammie from Maricopa, Arizona replies: "My 33 year old son became sick March of 2010 and thinking it was "flu" type illness, treated it himself. Then as the weeks turned to months and he got weaker and thinner and sicker, he finally agreed to go to the hospital. We were told he had lung cancer with 70% of his lungs destroyed and that nothing could be done. Five days later we were told "oops, not cancer, just valley fever". He was given diflucan and released. The difluan made him even sicker and he couldn't keep it down so he was given phenagran to take 30 minutes before his diflucan. We knew that this would take time but 7 months later he was having severe head pain, dizziness, neck/back pain, passing out and really looked aweful. First trip to the E. R. gave a diagnosis of "flu" and released. A few days later while visiting me in the hospital, he passed out on a nurse, taken to the E. R. and was told he had "vertigo" and released. A week later, with a high fever and still terribly in pain and sick, he collapsed in the living room and went to a different hospital by ambulance.
After a fight with the doctors we got them to do a spinal tap. Positive for two bacterias and one fungal form of spinal meningitis and they determined that he had disseminated valley fever. MRI showed brain swelling and a brain cyst also. It has been 2 1/2 years, they tell us that he is terminal and nothing can be done. We don't have a doctor that will follow up with him or try to help, his family doctor doesn't know what to do, his pulmonary/infectious disease doctor sees him in the hospital but isn't doing anything for him. The VF is in all of his joints, muscles, organs including his heart and kidneys. He still is throwing up daily and his pain is severe. I do not want to bury my son. There has to be something that can help him. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Blessings to everyone."
09/28/2012: Bess from Calgary, Alberta, Canada replies: "Dear Aztammie - My heart goes out to you and your son. Have you been on the www.valleyfeversurvivor.com or www.valleyfeverepidemic.com Web sites? The first one says it is the #1 valley fever patient advocacy organization so they may be able to provide you with some solutions. Also, you may want to read up on serrapeptase (protease type enzyme). It might help with the pain. I truly hope you find the right solution for your son. Take care, Bess"
09/28/2012: Wayseeker from Modesto, Ca/ Usa replies: "Hi Sweetie. My understanding is that Valley Fever is akin to Lyme disease, and responds very well to that ______ Vit C (for both bacterium and viral causes). The only issue is to take a serving (1,000mg) on an empty stomach, and repeat several (2-3) times over the course of day / evening to saturate the body. This may take a few days or so, then back to two servings a day. I would wait for either a strong healing response, or diarrhea, before backing off, as that is what the researchers said about it. Lyme disease is on the list of issues that this form of Vit C can help resolve. It is the best stuff for viruses that I've come across besides BHT. And, I also have had Valley Fever / Lyme disease, as it is prevalent in the Central Valley of California.
Best wishes this provides help for your son! --T."
09/29/2012: Timh from Louisville, Ky, Usa replies: "Aztammie: First thing to correct is a very likely acidosis as chronic infections reduce oxygen which in turn causes acidosis; so check out the baking soda page here: http://www.earthclinic.com/Remedies/baking_soda.html.
Next, to boost immunity, support the Thymus gland which in turn will significantly increase immune response. Here's a paste from a previous post: "To boost the Thymus do these little exercises on a daily basis and significantly boost your immune power. First, use some type negative pole magnet (the side that sticks to metal) over the Thymus, which is directly between the lower neck and heart area; a common refrigerator magnet will do just fine; do this for approx 15 minutes. Second, do the "Thymus Tap" by making a fist and gently bump the T area a few times and wait a little then bump again several times daily. Thirdly, supplement Raw Thymus Glandular as recommended on label."
Next, check out all the good postings on Lipospheric Vit-C here on E. C. Lately. Vit-C is an excellent antibiotic and blood purifier; this should bring immediate lessening of symptoms. Iodine is also important for overall health, take Potassium Iodide as directed.
Other nutrients critical for immunity is Zinc & Vit-A. Natural Antibiotic herbs include: Grapeseed Extract, Olive Leaf Extract, Oil of Oregano, Goldenseal, Pau de Arco. Immune boosting herbs are: Mitake, Reishi, Shitaki Mushrooms (Extract), Astragalus (don't give w/ fever), Echinacea, Beta Glucan.
Hope this helps and good luck."
09/29/2012: Bill from San Fernando, Philippines replies: "Hi Aztammie... Although I've had no experience with Valley Fever, I have successfully helped people with systemic or dissemnated fungal candida. Since Valley Fever involves Coccidioides immitis, which is also a fungus, then the Candida Protocol shown here in this post stream should help your son:
The strategy for this protocol simply involves:
* Direct Fungal Attack Remedies
* Detox Support (removing heavy metals, bad halides and other poisons from the body)
* Orthomolecular Nutrient Support to help boost the immune system
* Liver Support to counteract adverse detox and die-off effects.
I've found that the best fungal attack combination for killing the systemic candida fungus is the following:
Borax or Sodium Tetraborate
Alkalizing daily using Ted's Sodium bicarbonate and water plus using his lemon/lime or ACV and bicarb remedies.
Lugol's Iodine kills 80%-90% of all know pathogens -- including viruses, bacteria, fungus and parasites. Borax might best be described as the ultimate fungal killer, which also helps to eradicate mycoplasma. Alkalizing the body creates an alkaline pH environment that is very unhealthy for fungus.
If you can also find Sodium Molybdate or Molybdenum -- then take at least 900 mcg of this mineral twice a day. Fungal toxins involve aldehydes and molybdenum helps to neutralize poisonous aldehydes by promoting the aldehyde oxidase enzyme in the body. Molybdenum also helps to kill fungus.
The detox protocols are very necessary to address the root causes of fungal infection -- a weak immune system. Poisons like heavy metals and Chlorine, Fluorine and Bromine lower the strength of the immune system. The following are therefore useful for helping the body to detox: Chlorella, Sodium Thiosulfate, Drinking Green Tea, Eating Raw Cilantro regularly in salads
Taking the Nutrient Support Regimen is optional and up to you. But taking multivitamins for convenience is not what I'm recommending here -- I'm recommending nutrient support at the correct orthomolecular dosages.
The Liver Support regimen is also optional and up to you. This regimen helps to protect and assist the liver during heavy detox and die-off periods.
Lastly there is the diet. When you ask the question -- Why or how did we get this fungal infection? --Then the answer can only be because of the poor acid food that we put into our mouths every day. The diet is very important and should therefore be strictly followed.
Avoid antibiotics at all costs. Antibiotics only ever seem to encourage fungal problems which generally makes the situation far worse. See this link for an explanation."
09/10/2013: Melinda from Tucson, Arizona: "Hello everyone, I just wanted to add a post to the Valley Fever section, and remind people to PLEASE research valley fever BEFORE posting misinformation. Firstly, VF has NOTHING to do with people's diets! Here are some facts from valleyfeversurvivor.com.
..."Coccidioidomycosis was first discovered in the early 1890’s in Domingo Ezcurra, an Argentinean soldier. Some pathologists believed his skin conditions were the result of cancer. After tissue biopsies his illness was thought to resemble the protozoan coccidia, often found in chickens. To this day the name of coccidioidomycosis still represents this early misdiagnosis. The Ezcurra case was followed for eleven years and he ultimately died of his illness.
By 1900 coccidioidomycosis was established as a fungal disease. After an outbreak in the 1930’s in the San Joaquin Valley of California, this disease was given its nickname “San Joaquin Valley Fever, ” often shortened further to “Valley Fever. ” The disease threatened national security during World War II when thousands of American soldiers became sickened while training in the Southwest. It even affects our military today -- as seen during a 2002 Navy Seal training exercise in California when 45% of the squad fell ill. There is still no cure for coccidioidomycosis and no vaccine.
Once a person or animal has contracted Valley Fever, the infection remains for life. Even if you were infected but lucky enough for your infection to become dormant, there is a risk that the disease can activate or reactivate at any time in your life to require surgeries, cause chronic illness, and possibly result in death.
If your doctor refuses to listen to you or to look at new information, we suggest you may wish to find another physician. A doctor's ego is not as important as your health.
Read much more here:http://www.valleyfeversurvivor.com/faq.html
I have not been able to get diagnosed yet, but I believe both my husband (a disabled veteran) and I have VF, I respond well to vitamin C and Protease, as well as heavy baking soda/hot water baths to help rash/skin issues-but the BC does NOT always help, and I have to use ALOT. Experienced some relief from Bronners tea tree soap previously for skin issues, may try this again.
I cannot believe how many people are really in the dark about VF, I hope if you post this it will open alot more eyes to it's seriousness, as I quite possibly feel the worst I have in my life from VF. Best wishes to all== Ty. Melinda"Replies
09/12/2013: Tom from Fort Worth, Texas replies: "Hello Melinda: I've come upon what I thought was a mold infection before but not positively diagnosed as such. Used Colloidal Silver and saw improvement.
I went to your suggested site, Valley Fever Survivor, and that site said there was no cure to the mold infection. I read all the posts here under "Valley Fever" and no one suggested CS, so that's why I suggest it; just to let folks know CS is renown as not only an anti viral, anti bacterial but also an ANTI FUNGAL.
To kill something throughout the whole body the CS would have to be taken for months if not the better part of a year to wipe it out.
Also a popular TV host named Doug Kaughman, I believe is his name, has a show on nutrition but mainly focuses on fungal issues; the show is called "Know the Cause" and he says lots of health issues are fungal related. The show discusses cures to fungal infections and a lot of it is on his diet that apparently is effective."
03/05/2014: David from Mesa, Az: "I am a winter visitor to the area and appear to have valley fever. I am waiting on the confirmation of blood tests. What homeopathic treatments could benefit?"Replies
03/06/2014: Mama To Many from Tennessee, Usa replies: "Dear David,
I would try high doses of vitamin C. You really would want to take it to bowel tolerance. Liposomal Vitamin C might be easier to get lots in your system.
4 capsules of turmeric three times a day would be good.
3 Tablespoons of Extra Virgin Coconut oil would be good, also. Taken at the same time as the turmeric will increase the effectiveness of the turmeric.
If you are coughing, colloidal silver in a nebulizer would be excellent. Try 3 ml of 10ppm 4 times a day. More often would be fine if you find it helpful.
Mullein Leaf tea, 3 mugs a day would also be helpful.
I hope you feel better soon!
~Mama to Many~"