Valley Fever Specialist

Coccidioidomycosis, also known as valley fever, is an acute illness that can begin as a very mild infection that enters the lungs. If not properly treated, it can become quite severe causing harsh symptoms that may eventually become chronic. Call Dr. Melissa Gastellum's Tucson, Arizona office today if you are starting show signs of valley fever. With immediate treatment, she can bring your symptoms under control and effectively manage the infection.

Valley Fever Q & A

What is Valley Fever?

Coccidioidomycosis is an infection that resembles the flu when it's in the earliest stages. Also known as valley fever, the condition can be either acute or chronic.

When it first occurs, it's considered to be in its acute stage. The symptoms are often mild and, in some cases, very few signs or symptoms may be present. The first signs of the disease appear within three weeks of being exposed.

Some people may become infected with the fever, but not realize it because they didn't experience any noticeable symptoms. A chest x-ray or blood test may show signs of the infection at a later date once you've fully recovered.

What are the main symptoms of Valley Fever?

Valley fever is characterized by many of the symptoms associated with the flu virus. A few of the most well-known symptoms of valley fever include:

  • Fatigue
  • Night sweats
  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Joint aches and pains
  • Chills
  • Cough
  • Chest pain
  • Spotty rash that's red and irritated

In the beginning, many of the symptoms are extremely mild. As the condition progresses, or if it becomes chronic, the symptoms may become quite severe. While the rash associated with valley fever normally only appears on the legs, it can also appear on the chest and back as the condition progresses.

What natural remedies are most beneficial in treating Valley Fever?

The most important remedy for treating valley fever is rest. It's important to let the body rejuvenate and heal itself. There are several things that Dr. Gastellum can do to help support that process. Vitamin C IV therapy and the use of the Myer's Cocktail can provide an abundance of nutrients that boost the immune system and provide the body with what it needs to start the healing process.

Dr. Gastellum can also include conventional treatment options to support the immune system and alleviate some of the pain and discomfort that may be associated with some of the symptoms. Using a combined approach is often the most effective way to control illnesses that have numerous symptoms that can cause systemic discomfort.

Dr. Gastellum offers natural remedies to help treat Valley Fever for patients in Tuscon, Oro Valley, Sahuarita, Green Valley, Marana, and surrounding areas. Please call or request an appointment online today to schedule a visit. 

Melissa Gastellum, NMD
6818 N Oracle Rd, Suite 414
Tucson, AZ 85704
Phone: 520-720-0654
Fax: 520-208-2201
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