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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?

Yes: Since aspergillosis is caused by a fungi, it is not normally affect pt with normal immmune system. Since you have compromised immune system, you are more likely to get this pulmonary aspergillosis. ...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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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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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?

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?

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 more

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Are children more susceptible to allergic pulmonary aspergillosis?

Are children more susceptible to allergic pulmonary aspergillosis?

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 more

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When is surgery indicated for my pulmonary aspergillosis?

When is surgery indicated for my pulmonary aspergillosis?

When all else fails: Surgery is considered when the condition does not respond to medical therapy, or when it starts to cause bleeding in the lungs. Or if it begins to cause constant infections in the lung tissue. ...Read more

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Are children more susceptible to invasive pulmonary aspergillosis?

Are children more susceptible to invasive pulmonary aspergillosis?

No...and Yes: Depends on the child and their immune system.....As well as what illnesses or genetic disorders they might be born with. If they are entirely normal, then no, they are not more susceptible. ...Read more

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What is the difference between allergic and invasive pulmonary aspergillosis?

What is the difference between allergic and invasive pulmonary aspergillosis?

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 more

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Will my child need to be put into a respirator for their pulmonary aspergillosis?

Will my child need to be put into a respirator for their pulmonary aspergillosis?

No: Patients are put on respirators for respiratory failure. As long as your child can oxygenate properly, this will not be necessary. It is for him to receive proper treatment, either with a pulmonologist or an allergist. ...Read more

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I received a organ transplant, what is the likelihood of me getting pulmonary aspergillosis?

I received a organ transplant, what is the likelihood of me getting pulmonary aspergillosis?

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 more

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Are there home remedies that can treat a pulmonary aspergillosis lung infection?

Are there home remedies that can treat a pulmonary aspergillosis lung infection?

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 more

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Are there herbal supplements that can treat a pulmonary aspergillosis lung infection?

Are there herbal supplements that can treat a pulmonary aspergillosis lung infection?

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 more

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What are the tests to evaluate for, allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (abpa) if one has chronic cough and its suspected to be fungi related?

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