You've probably already heard a ton about black mold and the health risks associated with it. This infamous black mold is called stachybotrys chartarum. But there's another type of mold that can cause serious health risks to people with severe asthma or cystic fibrosis. It's aspergillus. Here's what you need to know if you or a family member has asthma or cystic fibrosis.
Allergic Bronchopulmonary Aspergillosis
Broken down into medical terminology, it means: an allergy related to the major air passages in the lungs that is caused by aspergillus. Aspergillus mold spores can get into the air inside your home and travel through the air when the HVAC ducts kick on or when fans are turned on. While traveling through the air, if you or a family member breathes the mold spores in, the mold spores can get into your lungs. Once inside your lungs, the mold spores can grow since the environment of warmth and moisture is ideal for mold growth.
Similar Symptoms to Asthma & Cystic Fibrosis
The symptoms of allergic brochopulmonary aspergillosis include wheezing, increased mucus secretions, and the coughing up of blood. What is most concerning about these symptoms is that they mimic symptoms of asthma and cystic fibrosis. Therefore, someone with either asthma or cystic fibrosis may falsely believe that they are having an episode of their diagnosed medical condition rather than having something else going on in their lungs.
Aspergillus Can Continue to Grow Inside the Lung
The reason that not being able to identify of recognize a problem of allergic broncopulmonary aspergillosis is because, when left untreated, the aspergillus mold will continue to grow inside the lungs. At some point in the future, there could be so much mold growth in the lungs that the person would no longer be able to breathe. At all. Because of this, allergic brochopulmonary aspergillosis can be a deadly condition, particularly for those with severe asthma or cystic fibrosis. Imaging and sputum tests can show aspergillus in the lungs.
Ongoing Mold Remediation Services as a Preventive Measure
Since exposure to aspergillus can be deadly for those with asthma or cystic fibrosis, the homes of people with either or both of these conditions should be inspected for mold on a regular basis, with mold removal services beginning immediately if any aspergillus mold is found. If you or a family member has cystic fibrosis or severe asthma, call a local mold removal service like Authorized Services to have your home tested for aspergillus as soon as possible.