Consider the Diagnosis

Most cases of Valley Fever are very mild.

It is thought that over 60% of infected people have either no symptoms or experience flu-like symptoms and never seek medical attention.

The most common symptoms of patients seeking medical care:

  • Fatigue
  • Cough
  • Chest Pain
  • Fever
  • Rash
  • Headache
  • Joint aches

Some people develop erythema nodosum, painful red bumps on their shins or elsewhere, that gradually turn brown. These symptoms are not unique to Valley Fever and can be caused by other illnesses. Therefore, identifying Valley Fever as the cause of illness requires specific laboratory tests.