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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is aspergillus?

Aspergillosis is an infection caused by a type of fungus. It usually affects the respiratory system and sinuses, but their signs and severity vary greatly. Aspergillus, is present everywhere (indoors and outdoors) which can cause the infection.

Symptoms of aspergillus

  • Purulent sputum

  • Cough worsens with exercise

  • Phlegm

  • Fever

  • Waking up at night with difficulty in breathing

  • Repeated episodes of fever above 100.4°F / 38°C

  • On medications that suppresses the immune system

  • Cough

Questions your doctor may ask to check for aspergillus

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose aspergillus

  • Does your cough worsen when you exercise?

  • Do you have phlegm?

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Have you ever woken up at night because you were breathless or struggling to breathe?

  • Have you had repeated fevers of 100.4°F / 38°C or higher?

Treatment for aspergillus

Treatment of aspergillosis is mainly antifungal drugs, which may taken orally or injected.

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References

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