Dangerous fungal infections are under-diagnosed worldwide.
Aspergillosis is the name of a group of diseases caused by the common mold, Aspergillus. People breathe in Aspergillus spores everyday indoors and outside; it is nearly impossible to avoid them. For those with healthy immune systems, breathing in these spores have no adverse health effects. However, those with weakened immune systems or lung diseases are at a higher risk of developing health problems such as allergic reactions, lung infections, and infections in other organs.
Major forms of Aspergillosis are:
- Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis – affects people with respiratory diseases.
- Acute invasive aspergillosis – a form that grows into surrounding tissue.
- Disseminated invasive aspergillosis – an infection spread throughout the body.
- Aspergilloma – a clump of mold that forms within cavities such as the lung.