Not everyone needs to be tested or treated for Valley fever. People who do get sick with Valley fever may have
symptoms like cough, fever, difficulty breathing, and fatigue that go away without any treatment. If you
have symptoms of Valley fever that last longer than a week, talk to a doctor or healthcare provider.
There are no over-the-counter medications to treat Valley fever. Since some Valley fever symptoms are like
those of COVID-19 (see above) and other common illnesses, a doctor may order different tests (such as a blood test or chest
x-ray) to help determine if you have Valley fever. If you are diagnosed with Valley fever, your doctor
will determine if you need treatment.
There are medications to treat Valley fever called “antifungals”, but not everyone needs them. Some
people may need to take antifungal medication for months or even years if they have severe disease or
certain health conditions that weaken the immune system. People who may need antifungals include:
people with severe disease
people who take medications that weaken the immune system
people who have cancer
people with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection
people who have had an organ transplant