Last Modified on Oct 16, 2015
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.
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re: valley fever/coccidiomycosis -- I heard that a food grade peroxide will cure one from Valley Fever.
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Valley Fever Facts
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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
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Fort Worth, Texas
Valley Fever Remedies
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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?
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Albuquerque, New Mexico