Skip to comments.New asthma research breaks the mold (lung mould)
Posted on 12/14/2010 7:07:47 AM PST by decimon
Study finds cause of allergic reaction could be growing in your lungs
Scientists investigating the allergic reactions that asthmatics suffer towards a common mould have discovered that many people with asthma actually had the mould growing in their own lungs.
The research led by University of Leicester scientists at Glenfield Hospital has been published in the December 2010 issue of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.
The team based in the Institute for Lung Health at the University of Leicester and Glenfield Hospital examined the impact on asthmatics of a common environmental mould, Aspergillus fumigates, usually found in soil and compost heaps.
Professor Andy Wardlaw from the University of Leicester said: "Asthma is a very common condition where the breathing tubes (bronchi) can go into spasm making it difficult to breathe. Around a fifth of adults with severe asthma, which they have had for a long time, get permanent (fixed) narrowing of their bronchi. It is known that A. fumigatus can grow in the lungs of some people with asthma and mould allergy, which can cause severe lung damage.
"This problem is thought to only affect a very small number of people with asthma; however, about half of people with severe asthma have evidence of allergy to moulds like A. fumigatus."
Researchers in the Institute for Lung Health at the University of Leicester and Glenfield Hospital, Leicester, carried out a study funded by the Midlands Asthma and Allergy Research Association (MAARA, a Midlands based charity funding research into asthma and allergy research. www.maara.org) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), to determine whether the problem of A. fumigatus growing in the lungs is more common than previously thought, and whether this could explain the fixed narrowing of the airways that occurs in some people with asthma.
Professor Wardlaw added: "Our study showed that 6 out of 10 people with asthma who were allergic to A. fumigatus grew the mould from their sputum. We also found that if you were allergic to A. fumigatus you had more narrowing of the airways than if you were not allergic, and this was worse in patients from whom A. fumigatus was grown.
"Our research concluded that it is possible that fixed narrowing of breathing tubes in many people with asthma could be caused by A. fumigatus growing in their lungs.
"Treating individuals from whom A. fumigatus is detected with antibiotics against the mould may prevent fixed narrowing of the airways. "
NOTE TO NEWSDESK: For more information, please contact: Professor Andy Wardlaw, Tel: 0116 256 3841 (Secretary, Gail Fretter)
There’s some in my fridge....
When I first started having lung problems, that was one of the first tests they conducted. Probably the worst, too. Lung washing. Just sounds ewww, doesn’t it?
Sounds worse than ewww.
what is lung washing ands how do they do it? It sounds refreshing
I have developed a problem with wheezing. It starts around 7 pm and goes until around 9 am. There is none during the day. Doesn’t matter if I am horizontal or vertical or where I am. It is like clockwork. It has the doctors completely stumped. It is like the wheezing (which is extremely loud) is on a timer.
The only good thing to come from it was they ruled out a bunch of potential problems.
This is a full time job and Obummer care will fund some part time workers! Any volunteers?
Best $10 you can spend-
There’s a fungus amongus on our lungus.
I had a cough for the past two years, mostly at night. I have tried everything. The ENT scratched his head and admitted he didn’t know. We finally found it was caused by my asthma. It was just a tickle in the throat that caused me to cough violently. He found that it was a type of asthma attack. I will bring this to his attention, as I am extremely allergic to mold.
Do you have forced air heat, on a timed thermostat? Could it be something in the ductwork contaminating the air in your home?
How did it feel afterwards? I mean after your lungs dried out?
It would be great if it was like it how you feel after a fresh shower (or I would hope so)
I keep thinking I have a lot of sawdust and old car paint stuck in there
no, just no. :-)
N.B. Ig is the abbreviation for Immunoglobulin, i.e. antibodies. IgE is the class of antibodies usually found to be elevated with allergic reactions.
Allergens around the house, but not at the workplace?