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.
Yes. Pulmonary aspergillosis is a rare condition but unfortunately more prevalent in patients with asthma. They get the allergic kind, not the invasive kind. That tends to make the asthma worse. There is really no way to prevent it except avoid exposures to molds and fungus, and control your asthma best that you can.

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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...
Rare. Asperigillus is a rare complication of CF in the airway; it is more commonly seen after lung transplantation in the face of immune suppression drugs. Less than 1 in 1000 non transplanted patients with CF grow aspergillus out of a sputum culture. Read more...

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...
Aspergilla. Populates bullae or big holes in the lung, and its symptoms are either allergy to it or hemoptysis due to invasion. Most are not symptomatic but show up on imaging. You are not moe susceptible with cancer, but those on steroids like Prednisone may be. Read more...

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...
Not really. Get the TB treated first have follow ups with your lung specialist to prevent aspergillosis or have it treated early. Read more...

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...
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...

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

Is depends. The real question is why you child has pulmonary aspergillosis- are they immune system not working properly, or is there structural lung disease. You can also have asthma / allergic broncho pulmonary aspergillosis which usually can be controlled with inhalers and medications and does not need a respirator. Read more...
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...

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...

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...
ABPA. Unless they are very very young, have an immune deficiency, malignancy or are on long term immunosuppressive therapy, then the answer is a resounding "no". Read more...

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

Immune system. Aspergillosis is a disease that is not routinely seen in people with normally functioning immune system. A healthy immune system will fight aspergillus fungus to prevent its, orbit effect. So, to answer your question, you want to make sure your immune system is functioning well. Make sure you have adequate nutrition, avoid unhealthy rabbits - smoking, excessive alcohol, drugs etc. Read more...
Very low. It is hard to predict who is going to get it, but fortunately, it is very rare. Read more...

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...
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...