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Coccidioidomycosis caused by insect bites.

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • September 17, 2006
  • 01:28 AM

I am looking for anybody who may have any experinece with fungal infectionss that were caused by insect bites. I experienced a very strange infection while living in southern Arizona, where Coccidioidomycosis is very common. No doctor was smart enough to realize that I may have been infected by this fungus by an insect bite (i believe that it was a colony of infected ants). I was unfortunate enough to be standing in a ****d of these infected ants, and bad infection resulted. Nobody in the medical profession has ever tested me for this disease, and it was only by chance that I was reasearching fungal infections that I realized that this could be the diagnosis. If anybody has experinece with these type of infections I would be really greatful for help.

Patrick Duffy,
Manor, TX

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  • Most Staph Infections Start As A "bite" That Won't Heal -- If This Happens Again, Have Your Doctor Lance The "bite" And/or Take A Skin Scrapping To Determine Presence Of Fungus-- If You Have A Strong Black Light (dr's Use A Woods Lamp) You Should Be Able To See The Green Flourecence Of The Fungus Itself. Because Of Drug Resistance Dr Do Not Want To Prescribe Antibiotics This In Its Self If Reason To Insist On Skin Scraping.
    SISTERSUE 1 Replies
    • October 2, 2006
    • 05:17 PM
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  • Coccidioidomycosis is also called Valley Fever. It is a fungus that grows in soil. You inhale a spore that is airborne. It can make you very ill, flu-like symptoms to meningitis. The test is a blood test. It is common in AZ.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 17, 2006
    • 05:22 AM
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