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Skin lesion of blastomycosis

  • Treatment

    This infection is treated with antifungal drugs such as amphotericin B, itraconazole, ketoconazole, or fluconazole. Either oral or intravenous (directly in the vein) drugs are used, depending on the form and stage of the disease.


    Support Groups


    Expectations (prognosis)

    What happens depends on the form of blastomycosis and the individual's immune system. In immunosuppressed individuals, long-term treatment may be required to prevent symptoms from coming back.


    Complications
    • Abscesses (pockets of pus)
    • Additional (secondary) skin infection caused by bacteria
    • Complications related to medications (for instance, amphotericin B can have severely unpleasant side effects)
    • Spontaneously draining nodules

    Calling your health care provider

    Some of the skin problems caused by blastomycosis can be similar to skin problems caused by other illnesses. Tell your doctor if you develop any worrisome skin problems.


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