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What can I do to reduce my chances of getting pulmonary aspergillosis?

What can I do to reduce my chances of getting pulmonary aspergillosis?

Very low: It is hard to predict who is going to get it, but fortunately, it is very rare. ...Read more

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I am immuno-compromised, am I more likely to get pulmonary aspergillosis?

I am immuno-compromised, am I more likely to get 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). Aspergillosis does occur more often in persons with "blood cancer" (leukemia for example) than solid tumors. ...Read more

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Can you get blue skin as a symptom of pulmonary aspergillosis? What are the other symptoms?

Can you get blue skin as a symptom of pulmonary aspergillosis? What are the other symptoms?

No: They are not related. Pulmonary aspergillosis may include fungal balls in the lungs leading to blood in the sputum at times or allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis which usually manifests as steroid-resistant asthma. ...Read more

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I have cancer am I more likely to get pulmonary aspergillosis?

I have cancer am I more likely to get 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 more

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I have tuberculosis am I more likely to get pulmonary aspergillosis?

I have tuberculosis am I more likely to get pulmonary aspergillosis?

Depends: If at the end of treatment, your lungs have a scar in the form of a cavity, you can get a form of aspergillosis called aspergilloma. Presence of aspergillus in the lungs does not always mean infection or aspergillosis. ...Read more

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My child has asthma are they more likely to get pulmonary aspergillosis?

My child has asthma are they more likely to get pulmonary aspergillosis?

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 more

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My child as cystic fibrosis, how likely will he get pulmonary aspergillosis?

My child as cystic fibrosis, how likely will he get pulmonary aspergillosis?

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 more

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Can allergic pulmonary aspergillosis relapse?

Can allergic pulmonary aspergillosis relapse?

Absolutely: It is classic for recurring bouts. You should speak with your pulmonologist or primary care provider to determine if this is flaring; and what treatment options exist if it is a recurrence. ...Read more

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How common is pulmonary aspergillosis in the us?

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 more

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Who is more susceptible to pulmonary aspergillosis?

Who is more susceptible to pulmonary aspergillosis?

Several kinds.: People with underlying emphysema with bullae can get aspergillomas. People with asthma can be allergic aspergillosis. People with immune deficiencies can get invasive and potentially fatal aspergillosis. ...Read more

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