Allergic Bronchopulmonary Aspergillosis (ABPA) and Asthma

Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA) is an allergy or sensitivity to a fungus found in soil known as Aspergillus fumigatus. In this condition, there is both an allergic and an inflammatory response to the mold. Symptoms may include severe wheezing, coughing and shortness of breath, much like asthma. People with asthma are at a higher risk of getting ABPA.

The first sign of ABPA in people with asthma is a worsening of asthma symptoms. Other symptoms include:

  • Cough with brown flecks or bloody mucus
  • Fever
  • Weakness/malaise

ABPA may be treated with oral corticosteroids and possibly an oral anti-fungal medicine.

Asthma Care for Adults
Knowing how to manage asthma is important for better health and quality of life. We offer an online course called ASTHMA Care for Adults. This comprehensive program covers a full range of topics everyone with asthma needs to know. This self-paced online course is presented in different formats, such as videos, animations, handouts and more.

Medical Review June 2019.