Blastomycosis is a disease caused by making contact with and especially breathing near moist soil in the southwest of the US and northern Mexico. The fungus endemic to this soil usually comes from rotting tree bark and leaves, and it becomes airborne as soon as it develops. Although these infections are rather rare when compared to most diseases, they can be quite impairing. Blastomycosis finds people with reduced immunity much easier to infect, especially those with HIV or a transplanted organ. Men are also shown to be more susceptible to contracting it than their counterparts. What makes blastomycosis tricky is the fact that 50% of the cases come without any symptoms. However, when blastomycosis is detected and subjected to treatment, even though the outcome is usually positive, there's a 29% global death rate for those with reduced immunity, while those with HIV are at a 40% chance of losing their life, and those with ARDS (Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome) at a terrifying 68%.
While blastomycosis is in the lungs only, no symptoms will be felt at all. However, once it begins spreading, the first area where discomfort is felt in most cases are the wrists, knees, ankles, shoulders, and elbows. This may feel like a sort of a sports injury, and it can partially be remedied with various joint pain relievers, such as creams and massages. This, however, only partially removes the discomfort that will later return. For full treatment, see your doctor.
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