Valley Fever Awareness
Have you heard of Valley Fever?
Do you know about its causes and symptoms?
Did you know that cases are rising fast in California?
If you haven’t heard of it or don’t have any odd symptoms, chances are you don’t have it. But—knowing about the current rise of the illness is important. Although it’s not contagious, it is something to understand and take precautions for, especially if you live in California.
What is Valley Fever?
Valley Fever is a respiratory infection that arises from fungus in soil. When the soil is overturned, fungi spores are released into the air. They can then be inhaled. The most common cases are in the soil heavy regions.
In 2017, Valley Fever’s infection rate was the highest it has ever been in California. The reason is unknown but some have linked it to climate change, which has caused droughts and drier weather.
What are the symptoms?
The symptoms of Valley Fever closely resemble symptoms of the flu. They include fever, chills, cough, chest pain, headache, joint aches, night sweats, fatigue, and red spotty rashes. Because of the similarity to the flu, Valley Fever is often delayed in diagnosis or completely misdiagnosed. Knowing what to look for will lower your chances. People most at risk are those over 60, African Americans, and Filipinos.
How can you avoid it?
It’s not always easy to avoid the fungus in soil that causes Valley Fever. When you are in an area where this fungus is abundant, completely avoiding it can be challenging. If you live in these areas, the biggest precaution you can take is limiting activities like digging that kick up dust or soil.
If you’re worried about mold or other fungi in your home that could be harming your family, contact us today! We have certified inspectors who know what to look for who will put your mind at ease. We’ll be happy to answer any of your questions about Valley Fever as well. Give us a call at 888-351-8189. If you believe you may have the symptoms of Valley Fever, call your primary care physician.