What is it?

Aspergillosis is an infection caused when breathing spores of a fungus which is found both indoors and outdoors. It usually causes a disease of the respiratory airways. For some people, the spores may trigger an allergic reaction. The most severe type of the disease is when the infection spreads to the blood vessels, called invasive aspergillosis.

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Signs & symptoms

Symptoms depending on the disease formed. If an allergic reaction is developed (more common in people with asthma or cystic fibrosis) symptoms may include fever, bloody cough, and mucus. Aspergilloma is a mass created in people with lung disease and may present with bloody cough, wheezing, weight loss, shortness of breath and fatigue. Invasive aspergillosis symptoms may include fever, chills, bloody cough, shortness of breath, headache, eye symptoms, chest pain, joint pain and skin lesions.


Diagnosis is based upon findings from medical history and physical examination. Further evaluation may include sputum analysis, biopsy from the lungs (bronchoscopy), antigen skin tests and blood tests.


Antifungal medications are the treatment for aspergillosis. Other treatments may include corticosteroids and surgery.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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