Question

I am currently being treated through the VA for a lung infection. My doctors are not sure whether it has bacterial or fungal origin. They have me on three different antibiotics. I am from Pittsburg.

Answer

In Pennsylvania, Maryland and New York Areas it is not uncommon for people to end up with a fungal infection, called Histoplasmosis.

Histoplasmosis is very common in the mid-Atlantic states. If that is where you grew up, or if you spent any time there at all, it is likely what you have is Histoplasmosis. All you have to do is drive by and you are going to get a face full of Histoplasmosis, every time the farmland gets tilled.

It looks like Tuberculosis, they will tell you. But what you do, is get a TB test. Then, do a Histoplasmosis skin test. More than likely, you will test positive for Histoplasmosis. The thing you should be concerned with, is if you have TB.

If you ended up with a pulmonary abscess, you would know about it by now. If you had some bizarre fungal infection, you would be aware of that by now, as well.

Histoplasmosis is common. I did my training up there; I lived up there, and one thing you learn is that everyone who comes through the ER ends up with Histoplasmosis on their chest x-ray. When you come down to Florida, Doctors there may not ever recognize this. It is a regional illness, and you have Histoplasmosis on the lung. It did not do me any damage, and it is probably not going to do you any damage, either.

By | 2017-05-18T15:25:25+00:00 April 12th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments