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WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
Sporotrichosis is a skin infection. People who work with plants and soil are most likely to catch it. The infection usually begins as a skin bump that looks like an insect bite. Other bumps may appear in a few days or weeks. The bumps may grow and turn into boils that break open. With medicine, the infection may be gone within 1 to 6 months. Sporotrichosis is caused by a fungus. The fungus lives in soil and on plants, rotting garden material, and wood. The fungus enters your skin through small cuts caused by thorns, splinters, or other sharp objects.
AFTER YOU LEAVE:
Take your medicine as directed.
Call your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
How to take care of your infected skin:
- Cover skin sores with a loose-fitting bandage to protect them.
- Use heat to help your sores heal. Place a warm, wet cloth or heating pad (set on low) on your sores for 20 to 30 minutes. Do this 2 to 4 times per day.
How to avoid getting sporotrichosis:
- Wear gloves, shoes, long sleeves and long pants when working with plants and soil.
- Do not let sphagnum moss come into contact with your skin.
- Wash your hands, arms, and other exposed skin areas with soap and water after handling plants and soil.
CONTACT A CAREGIVER IF:
- You have a fever.
- You have new symptoms during treatment, such as a cough, weight loss, joint pain, or swelling.
- Your skin sores are reddened, painful, or have pus coming from them. These signs may mean you have an infection.
- Your skin sores are not better after taking medicine for 2 weeks.
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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.