Steroids

Maintenance

The chronic forms of aspergillosis (i.e. those suffered by people with a normal immune system) can last many years so maintenance is an important issue. All are the result of the fungus gaining a foothold in part of the body and growing slowly, all the while irritating the surface of the delicate tissues they come into contact with, and this can cause changes to the tissues concerned.

Oral Steroid information

This drug belongs to the group of medicines known as glucocorticoids. Prednisolone can be used to help control inflammatory and allergic disorders such as asthma, rheumatoid arthritis and colitis by suppressing inflammation.

Prednisolone is available in tablet, soluble tablet and injection form. It is also available in enteric-coated form, which means they do not start to break down until they have travelled through the stomach and have reached the small intestine. This reduces the risk of stomach irritation.

ABPA information

This is a condition where a patient develops an allergy to the spores of Aspergillus moulds. Predominantly it affects asthma patients but also cystic fibrosis and bronchiectasis patients. 

Welcome

If you are reading this for the first time it probably means that you or someone you are supporting has a suspected or confirmed aspergillosis. There is a lot of information on aspergillosis available on the internet and some of it is alarming, so we should start with the following: there are several different types of aspergillosis, all of which are treatable and it is only acute invasive aspergillosis that needs urgent treatment. You will have many questions about what happens next but let's start with the most obvious ones first.

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