ABPA

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. 

Immune system information

Most people are either naturally immune to the spores of Aspergillus fumigatus, or have a sufficiently healthy immune system to fight the infection. However, if you have an allergic reaction (see ABPA) to the fungal spores and/or have lung problems or a weakened immune system then you are particularly susceptible.

Types of aspergillosis

Infectious diseases caused by the fungus Aspergillus are called aspergillosis. The severity of aspergillosis is determined by various factors, but one of the most important is a weakened immune system. Infections can effect any area of the body, but by far the most common are the lungs and sinuses.

There are three distinct groups of people who have aspergillosis:

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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