This is a call out to everyone across the world. It will be World Aspergillosis Day on 1 February 2021 and it would be great if everyone that reads my blog help us out.
Aspergillosis Trust is a patient group that supports all sufferers worldwide.
The term Aspergillosis covers a range of conditions. These are lifelong, fungal lung infections which are due to the fungus Aspergillus. These cause allergic reactions, making it difficult to breathe. They may cause lung damage (erosion of lung tissue/cavities) instead or as well. This causes loss of lung function and difficulty breathing. Aspergillosis often affects people with asthma, especially those with severe asthma. It seems to make asthma worse.
The common forms are allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA) and chronic pulmonary aspergillosis (CPA). ABPA is predominantly a severe allergic disease, caused by the permanent growth of Aspergillus in the patient’s airway. It often makes pre-existing asthma worse. CPA causes severe breathing difficulties (from cavities) and fatigue. In some cases it causes large, frightening lung bleeds and permanent lung damage.
Aspergillosis can also affect people with a weakened immune system, and in this form can rapidly kill. This might be due to cancer chemotherapy. It may also arise from immunosuppressive therapy used to stop organ rejection, in people who have received a transplant.
Aspergillosis is a rare, debilitating and sometimes deadly infection. It can attack people of any age.
This year Aspergillosis Trust want to flood social media with photos of people holding one of our selfie cards. If you suffer from any form of Aspergillosis it would be great if you could also give a quote on how the condition has changed your life. If you don’t have Aspergillosis a photo giving us your support, perhaps stating where you come from. As I said it is World Aspergillosis Day.
Your can download your selfie card at Submit Your Selfie – Breathe (aspergillosistrust.org)
This disease is quite often missed as the symptoms can be similar to other conditions and receiving the correct treatment quickly can help outcomes. So we want to spread the world. Think Fungus if antibiotics or normal treatments for asthma don’t work.
If you feel you can help us in any way please contact us at Contact us – Breathe (aspergillosistrust.org)
Stay safe everyone. x