Aspergillus Fumigatus Allergy IgE Blood Test
The aspergillus fumigatus allergy blood test measures the amount of allergen-specific IgE antibodies in the blood in order to detect an allergy to aspergillus fumigatus.
This aspergillus fumigatus is a microorganism and is one of the most prevalent airborne (conidia) types of fungus. This fungus is found in abundance throughout the environment and can flourish both indoors and outdoors. Most individuals are likely to inhale aspergillus spores regularly. Individuals with a strong immune system typically do not experience any harmful effects. In comparison, individuals with a weakened immune system may face serious infections. Although allergies to this form of mold are uncommon, some individuals may experience a severe allergic reaction from contact with aspergillus spores, especially individuals with respiratory problems or asthma.
An immune-system response cause allergies. The body views certain substances as toxic and produces IgE antibodies to these contaminants. These antibodies cause cells to produce histamines that cause allergic reaction symptoms.
Exposure to aspergillus fumigatus spores can cause aspergillosis, an allergic reaction, and one of the most common infections caused by this fungus species. This severe reaction is most commonly found in individuals with underlying conditions, including asthma and cystic fibrosis. Common symptoms associated with this infection may include:
- Coughing up brown plugs of mucus or mucus that contains blood
- General feelings of discomfort or illness
Asthma patients may also begin to have worsening asthma symptoms, including wheezing and shortness of breath.
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