Bronchopulmonary aspergillosis

November 12, 2012

Bronchopulmonary aspergillosis

Not many people will be aware of allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis, but if anyone knows what it is, it will be people who suffer from asthma. This condition is also known as ABPA and is one of the results of an allergic reaction to the Aspergillus fungi in asthma patients who have sensitivity towards it. This fungi is the cause of four major infections in the human body and this particular one – ABPA – is classed alongside lung conditions such as eosinophilia in a group known as hypersensitivity lung disorders. If you have asthma you are at the same risk of developing this condition whether you are male or female.

So how do you contract allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis? You are more likely to get it in natural environments that are wither wet or have a lot of water nearby, as well as anywhere there is paint or air conditioning, and it is here that you breathe in the aspergllus fungi responsible for causing ABPA. Once the fungi has been breathed in your airways will react in a way that causes great difficulty in breathing – this is more dangerous if you are already suffering with asthma, which most patients who contract bronchopulmonary aspergillosis are. It is very difficult to give advice on how to avoid developing ABPA as the fungi is very common and can be found in a lot of places – it is something that all asthmatics should be aware of as it poses a threat to their ability to breathe normally – something that is already at risk from their underlying lung condition.

Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis can have severe complications for asthmatics including long term conditions affecting the bronchial passages and tubes. If you begin coughing up blood, you should see a physician immediately at your local emergency room. When diagnosing this condition, the physician has to consider the patient’s health record along with testing that has been specifically done to try and discover an ABPA infection. Some of the main prerequisites needed for a diagnosis of bronchopulmonary aspergillosis are a history of asthma, fluid in the lungs, abnormal activity affecting the bronchial passages, aspergillus in the blood and a skin reaction to the antigen of aspergillus. Other things may include things like brown coloured mucus substance coming off the lungs. In order to determine these results, tests such as blood tests and skin patch tests will need to be done.

If you are diagnosed with bronchopulmonary aspergillosis, the doctor will treat you with something like prednisone and then check ups will occur regularly following completion of treatment.

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