Valley Fever (Coccidioidomycosis) Remedies

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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.


Posted by Bob P. (Los Angeles, CA, USA) on 03/23/2020

Valley Fever: Has anyone tried or heard of anyone trying boiling water with natural antifungal agents like garlic, oil of oregano, thyme and eucalyptus oil? What about coconut oil as it very antiviral / antifungal?

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Posted by Roxanne (Las Vegas, Nv) on 12/26/2007

re: valley fever/coccidiomycosis -- I heard that a food grade peroxide will cure one from Valley Fever.

Replied by Jessica
(Tulare, CA)

Please tell me how you used the Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide to cure the Valley Fever! Thank You!

Replied by Estherfaith
(Los Angeles, Ca)

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.

Replied by Dgoddess
(Phoenix, Az)

Use food grade 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

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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

Replied by Rebecca
(San Tan Valley)

Could you give me directions for dosing and using food grade hydrogen peroxide to treat valley fever in dogs. How effective is this for treating candida that is entrenched in someone for 15 years. I have literally tried everything.

Replied by Therese

I have a dog 10 years old. Valley Fever spread recently and she had to have a leg amputated. She did fine with the surgery but now she is getting hit with it every where. Did you have any luck regarding your dog? Any direction or advice you can recommend?

I'm desperate to find a solution.

Replied by Art
1964 posts

In reply to Therese (Phoenix),

I can't tell anyone what to do, but if it was my dog, I would make 20 ppm colloidal silver the only drinking water I would give. Valley Fever can be very serious and sometimes fatal. I would also use an ultrasonic humidifier close to the dog bed so he could breathe it while laying down or sleeping as Valley Fever usually enters through the lungs. I would also spray any skin lesions with the 20 ppm colloidal silver or a saturated borox solution but not both as the borax will ruin the colloidal silver. Borax is a known broad spectrum antifungal. Colloidal silver is active against some fungus, but is generally well tolerated.


Valley Fever Facts

Posted by Melinda (Tucson, Arizona) on 09/10/2013

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

..."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:

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

Replied by Tom
(Fort Worth, Texas)

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.

Valley Fever Remedies

Posted by David (Mesa, Az) on 03/05/2014

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?

Replied by Mama To Many
(Tennessee, Usa)

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~

Replied by Katy
(CA, US)

How much C for Valley Fever? I have 1000 mg of sustained release. Also have 370 mg of turmeric. How many of those per day?

Replied by Mama To Many

Dear Katy,

Vitamin C needs can vary from person to person. When you are sick you need lots more. You can take it to bowel tolerance, which just means take it until you begin to get diarrhea and then cut back a bit. When I am fighting something, I take as much as 5, 000mg at a time several times a day. You could try 1, 000mg every hour or two and see how you do.

When using Turmeric for sickness, one teaspoon three times a day is great. If you have capsules, that is usually 4-5 capsules. So, yes, you end up taking up to 15 a day.

Turmeric works best taken with some fat and a little bit of black pepper. Sounds odd. But you could take your capsules with some milk and add a bit of pepper to it. If you end up getting some turmeric spice from an international market or health food store (good places to get it in bulk.) you can put a teaspoon of the turmeric and some pepper into some whole milk. I don't care for it that way. I do find that taking it mixed with veggies (mostly cucumber) in the blender masks the taste quite nicely.

I hope you feel better soon!

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Theresa

I have had Valley Fever for over 10 years, I had part of my right lung removed due to a large cavity and Aspergaloma. It has spread to my bones and is very painful. I am 48 thin and was very active, can anyone help to find away to relieve this pain. Thank you

Replied by Timh
2073 posts

T: Once infection spreads to the bones it is inevitable that the infection will be protected by what is now known as "biofilm". Once the biofilm gets entrenched, there is no medication to reach & kill it, BUT there is good news. Two natural substances can penetrate these biofilms --Serrapetase or Nattokinase, and Turpentine. So you must take these remedies alongside other natural antibiotics like Oregano, Garlic, Grapefruitseed, Neem, Oregon Grape, Uvi Ursi, and Chaparral. If you don't see significant progress with these herbs, you will need to augment them w/ the regular use of a Zapper (small low voltage electric device that kills pathogens. search for more info). If you still don't se substantial progress (which is likely because bone infections are difficult to treat), you have the option for other natural antibiotics like Lipospheric Vit-C + MSM, Colloidal Silver or Ozonated C.S., and/or MMS.

For immediate relief of the pain, apply a strong Magnet (Magnet Therapy) directly to affected area. Magnet T is also a good precursor for zapping (increases effectiveness) and this order should always be observed.

Replied by Michelle
(Chandler, Az)

I am lookin for guidance on taking oregano oil and or vitamin c while taking Itraconozole. I know there are a lot of drug interactions with Itraconozole but does tht include vitamins?

Any help appreciated!

Replied by Mama To Many

Dear Michelle,

Oregano Oil and Vitamin C are both food derivatives, so I would think them less likely to be an issue. Now, if you were taking an immune suppressing drug, then Vitamin C would not be a good idea, but I think this drug you mention is an anti-fungal?

I would still check with your pharmacist. Vitamin C at least, should be common enough that he/she would have some idea if they were compatible.

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Timh
2073 posts

The most important risk factor for this drug seems to be Hepatoxicity especially if used long-term. Liver support herbs like Milk Thistle, Turmeric, and Artichoke prevent liver toxicity problems.

For more info in Itraconazole read here:

Replied by Susan

I use 1-2 drops of oil of oregano in 10 ozs of water 3 X a day, and 6 to 8 Oregamax pills a day and all my symptoms except for the leg rash have disappeared. It is anti fungal, anti virus and anti biotic, because it grows in the Mediterranean on rocks.

Replied by Sharon
(Albuquerque, New Mexico)

X-rays show mutiple nodules in lungs and spleen. Cancer has been ruled out.

Replied by Holly Llama

I went to an event in San Bernardino, California. We camped for 4 nights. A day after returning home. I had flu like symptoms at first. And finally I am left with just an odd raspy cough. No rash. This is unlike any illness I've had. My symptoms besides coughing were hot/cold sweats and weakness. I have been struggling with energy in the evening. My doctor prescribed me an inhaler and an oral steroid because my lungs are congested.

I want the cough to stop 😭. I'm not sure what else to do as I have heard that anti-fungal meds are very hard on you physically. Have any of you actual healed yourself a with the natural remedies?

Replied by Mmsg
(Somewhere, Europe)

Holly, check out Bill Monroe's h2o2 inhalation method.

And then again there's grandma's method of hot tea, honey and lemon.

Replied by Lucy

We have had great results using Mullein Tincture for coughing. We usually use it along with the homeopathic Rumex Crispus 6c, which we give at bedtime to help get through the night undisturbed.

Yes, natural remedies do work!

Replied by Kimberly Judd-pennie

Get tested for valley fever stat... no steroids,,,, no antibiotics till you are sure it is not valley fever...

Replied by Dawn
(Oro Valley, Az)

Most stomach meds conflict w turmeric, a natural anti inflammitory (per the pharmacist). Check what meds you're on vs homeopathic med conflict in case