What are histoplasmosis symptoms and signs?
As mentioned before, not everyone who inhales the fungal spores becomes sick. When illness does occur, the signs and symptoms appear anywhere from three to 17 days after exposure. The symptoms are similar to pneumonia and include fever, chills, sweats, a dry cough, malaise, and chest pains. Some affected people also experience joint pains.
If these disease progresses without treatment, those affected may develop weight loss, shortness of breath, and fatigue. Ocular involvement in disseminated disease can cause loss of vision. If the infection spreads to the central nervous system, severe symptoms including seizures, headaches, and confusion may develop.