Traveling to a new place is always unsettling, but traveling to a place with different climate, vegetation, and animals can be even more so.
Arizona is a scenic place with activities for all, but there are things to be aware of. No, I will not lecture you about scorpions and rattlesnakes. I won’t lecture about Gila monsters or black widows. Forget the “stickery” bushes and cactus. This entry is about your lungs!
The desert southwest is home to a fungal infection known as Valley Fever. Its medical name is coccidioidomycosis. This spore living dormant in the powdery dust becomes airborne during common wind storms in the southwest. Learn about it and its relative rarity, but heed the common sense steps to maximizing your chance of avoiding this pulmonary problem.