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What Can I Do To Reduce My Chances Of Getting Pulmonary Aspergillosis
That depends...: Aspergillus infections are opportunistic. That is, they usually occur in persons with severely compromised bone marrow function (such as just after intense chemotherapy), or among those taking potent immunosuppressive drugs (after a transplant for example). Most organ cancer patients do not get aspergillus, but it does occur more often in persons with "blood cancer" (leukemia for example). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not necessarily: Patients with asthma have a higher chance of developing bronchopulmonary aspergillosis; however, it is relatively rare in children. If your child's asthma is not responding to conventional treatment, your doctor should consider this as a possibility by checking certain blood tests and getting at least a chest x-ray. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possible but small %: Many people with cystic fibrosis have aspergillus (a fungus) in their airway, but in the vast majority of cases it does not cause disease. In a small percent of patients it may cause allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (abpa), and that can lead to lung damage. Abpa can usually be treated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Uncommon: Pulmonary aspergillosis is an uncommon infection in the immuno competent population, but is much more prevalent in patients whose general or local (pulmonary) immunity is compromised (hiv +, patients receiving chemotherapy, multiple disease conditions including COPD etc.). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: The term pulmonary aspergillosis may refer to actual infection of the lung by aspergillus which usually occurs in patients with depressed immune system. The term can also be an "allergy" to aspergillus which is more common in patient with asthma and cystic fibrosis. A fungus ball of aspergillus is a complication of an old cavity in the lung growing a fungal ball. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not necessarily kids: Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (abpa) is a hypersensitivity reaction to a. Fumigatus colonization of the tracheobronchial tree and occurs in conjunction with asthma and cystic fibrosis (cf). 0.25-0.8% of people with asthma and approximately 7% of patients with CF are estimated to have abpa (this includeds kids and adults). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
They are different: Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis occurs in some people and behaves like cortisone-resistant bronchial asthma. Most sufferers would have a specific type of bronchiectasis (dead-ended bronchial tubes) one must have an allergic reaction to aspergillus. Invasive aspergillosis usually happens in people whose immune system has been greatly compromised and the prognosis is far less favorable. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cystic Fibrosis: In a recently published study by Luong et al, Cystic Fibrosis patients who were colonized with Aspergillus were studied for the development of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis. They found that pulmonary invasive aspergillosis developed in 22.5% of the CF patients who received a lung transplantation. Patients who had aspergillus on their culture obtained in the O.R. were four times more likely. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
No: Lung aspergillosis is a serious infection of the lungs that is often seen in people with compromised local or general immunity. It can easily get spread and became fatal, so I strongly suggest no experiments with any home remedies that may delay effective treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Aspergillosis infects the lung when the immune system does not work well, or when the lung is damaged in some way, such as when there is a cavity or cyst in the lung that can become infected. It requires specific antibiotics, treatment of the underlying immune or lung problem and similar measures. There is no evidence that herbs of any kind do any good. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are the tests to evaluate for, allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (abpa) if one has chronic cough and its suspected to be fungi related?
Xray and blood: The patient with abpa can be diagnosed by a variety of tests including a positive aspergillus titer, an elevated ige and positive skin tests to aspergillus. The chest xray is also usually abnormal. It may be time to see a pulmonologist or allergist. ...Read more
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