valley fever

Get Rid of Valley Fever Naturally

Valley fever is a disease caused by the Coccidioides fungus. It thrives in dry, dusty areas particularly in the southwestern United States. It is important to know if you live in an area where the fungus tends to thrive as a huge part of prevention is knowing that you may be at risk. Those who live in Arizona, Southern California, Nevada, Utah and New Mexico are all at risk locations and even visitors can be exposed to the fungus. Thankfully it is not contagious – you cannot spread it to others nor can you get it from an infected person.

About forty percent of the people who have been infected with valley fever will never show symptoms, those that do are likely to think they have the flu. If you begin to show symptoms of skin lesions you should seek medical attention immediately – disseminated valley fever can kill you.

What are the symptoms of Valley Fever?

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Chest pain that varies from mild constriction to feeling like a heart attack
  • Chills
  • Night sweats
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Joint ache
  • Red rash
  • Spotty rash
  • Red bumps that turn brown
  • Red rash with blisters
  • Red rash with pimples

If you develop the following symptoms seek medical attention immediately:

  • Skin lesions
  • Ulcers
  • Large nodules
  • Painful, swollen joints

Be sure you tell your doctor if you have been to a place where valley fever is endemic such as Arizona.

How can I prevent Valley Fever?

The best ways to prevent valley fever are common sense precautions. It is most prevalent during the summer  months when it is dry.

  • Wear a mask.
  • Stay inside during dust storms
  • Wet the soil before digging to drown spores.
  • Keep doors and windows tightly closed

How do I treat Valley Fever?

  • The primary treatment of valley fever is simply rest. Many people do not need medical treatment and will recover on their own with rest and herbal care.
  • Keep yourself hydrated. Drink fluids regularly to help flush the fungus out of your system.
  • Increase your protein intake. It boosts the immune system so you can fight the fungus more effectively. Consider adding soy milk, barley water and yogurt to your diet.
  • Turmeric will help with the inflammation and pain as well as being an effective anti-fungal. Have a tablespoon of turmeric in a glass of boiling water three times a day.
  • Increase your intake of vitamin C from foods like citrus, mangoes and papaya.
  • Echinacea helps to fight general infections, including fungus infections. Take a supplement capsule twice a day for two weeks. It will boost your recovery!
  • Holy basil can be steeped into a tea and helps to bring down fever while fighting the fungal infection.
  • Try some mullein leaf tea. It will soothe any lung inflammation while helping to break up mucus and expel it, with the fungal spores, from the lungs.
  • Try alkalizing the body by drinking a half teaspoon of baking soda in lemon water. Just be sure you’re eating a healthy, balanced diet.
  • Use oil of oregano. It’s just as effective as many antibiotics at fighting off infections.
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