(Cave disease)

About Histoplasmosis

Histoplasmosis is a disease caused by a fungus (or mold) called Histoplasma. The fungus is common in the eastern and central United States. It grows in soil and material contaminated with bat or bird droppings. You get infected by breathing the fungal spores. You cannot get the infection from someone else.

Histoplasmosis is often mild, with no symptoms. If you do get sick, it usually affects your lungs.

  • Also known as
  • Cave disease
  • Histoplasma infection
  • Ohio Valley disease

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All Medications for Histoplasmosis


  • Ketoconazole
    Prescription or OTC

    Nizoral (Ketoconazole) is a medication used on your skin to treat fungal infections; however, it takes several weeks for full recovery, and the directions are specific to each type of medication.

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    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Cream, gel, or ointment
    • Foam
    • Shampoo
  • Diflucan
    Prescription only

    Diflucan (Fluconazole) is a quick, cheap, and convenient way to get rid of a yeast infection. (It's used for other kinds of fungal infections, too.) You have to avoid alcohol, though.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Liquid

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