A Mold Called Aspergillus Fumigatus Causes Serious Lung Disease
For those with chronic lung problems and weakened immune systems, Manhattan mold removal companies know Aspergillus mold can be dangerous. More than 26-million Americans have asthma and about 10-million are immunocompromised, with the number of both groups growing annually and leaving many at increased risk.
What Causes Aspergillosis?
Aspergillus is a common mold found on decaying plant matter. It’s easily carried indoors on clothing/shoes and distributed via the air. It can take root and grow on dust, building materials, stored grains, foods, spices, etc. Aspergillus is also commonly found in poorly draining, dirty window AC unit filters, especially in old/renovated buildings. The aspergillosis fungus causes severe illness in certain segments of the population.
Who is Most at Risk of Aspergillosis?
Aspergillus typically doesn’t affect those with healthy immune systems. However, individuals with lung problems and weakened immune systems can become infected with or experience an allergic reaction to aspergillus.
Health Issues that Arise from Aspergillus
Aspergillosis sufferers may experience air passage and lung inflammation, wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, chest pain and fever. Aspergillus can also infect/colonize sinuses, ear canals, and lung tissue, forming a ball of fungus called an aspergilloma/mycetoma.
Those with tuberculosis, emphysema, and advanced sarcoidosis are at increased risk of colonization. As aspergillosis progresses, it can travel into the bloodstream and vital organs, resulting in death if left untreated.
How Many Contract Aspergillosis?
2% of asthmatics
2-15% of cystic fibrosis sufferers
10% of asthma and CF sufferers experience an allergic reaction