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Respiratory diseases are an outcome of infection caused by pathogens such as fungus. Aspergillosis is one such type of fungus that affects your respiratory system. Aspergillus, the mould that causes such an infection, can be present everywhere. So, people with certain risk factors require regular medical evaluations to detect Aspergillus antibodies in their systems.

Here are the risk factors associated with the condition that leads to the activation of IgM antibodies:

  • Weak immune system
  • Asthma
  • Low levels of white blood cells
  • Air spaces in the lungs

You are more susceptible to aspergillosis if you have the above health conditions. To fight the infection, your body produces antibodies in the blood. Depending on the extent of the illness, this disease falls into the following categories:

  • Aspergilloma: Can lead to wheezing, shortness of breath, and fatigue
  • Allergy: This condition can cause fever and other symptoms
  • Invasive aspergillosis: The infection spreads from the lungs to the brain, skin, and other parts

To identify the illness, Aspergillus IgM Antibody testing is highly crucial. This testing detects the onset of invasive aspergillosis by analysing IgM antibodies in your blood which allows your doctor to recommend timely treatment to stop the spread of the infection.

Generally, an Aspergillus IgM Antibody detection test requires a sample of your blood. An aspergillus antibody positive result indicates high levels of the antibody.

The IgM antibodies can have more clinical utility than other counterparts. Aspergillus IgM Antibody can be a crucial biomarker for diagnosing chronic pulmonary aspergillosis (CPA). In addition to the Aspergillus IgM antibody test, you might even need a tissue biopsy to analyse the tissues of your body under a microscope.

After assessing the quantity of IgM antibodies, your doctor can also require a chest X-ray. The imaging can reveal the extent and spread of aspergillosis to your lungs. Generally, treatment for this condition varies from person to person. Your doctor can recommend one of the following options:

  • Antifungal medications like voriconazole
  • Surgery
  • Embolisation

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Medically reviewed by Dr. Nikhil Modi, Pulmonologist, Apollo Hospitals Indraprastha, South Delhi.

faqFrequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What are the initial signs of aspergillus?

The fungal infection, aspergillus, is associated with the respiratory system. The early symptoms of this condition are similar to most other respiratory illnesses. You can initially experience chills, fever, chest pain, shortness of breath, skin lesions, or headaches.

Can aspergillosis happen again to a person?

Relapse of an aspergillus infection is possible. You will need to undergo another Aspergillus IgM Antibody testing to diagnose the condition. Your doctor will then recommend a repeat treatment to cure the disease.

Are fungal infections of the lungs very serious?

Conditions that arise due to fungal infections to the respiratory system can be fatal. In most cases, the diagnosis of such illness is difficult. The best way to counter such infections is to identify the symptoms and opt for testing that assesses the presence of IgE, IgG, or IgM antibodies.

What kind of mould is aspergillus?

Aspergillus is a fungus related to cases of pneumonia. This mould leads to black-coloured fungi on the exterior of foods like onions, grapes, or apricots. Various strains of aspergillus can cause infections, especially in people with weakened immune systems. So, undergoing an Aspergillus IgM Antibody evaluation without delay is crucial.

Which are some popular medicines that work on aspergillus infection?

Antifungal medications like triazole, VFEND, and amphotericin B are well-known aspergillosis drugs. Your doctor can recommend these medicines based on the quantity of IgM antibodies and other crucial factors.

How does aspergillus enter the lungs?

Usually, the mould aspergillus enters your system through the breathing of fungal spores. However, people with strong immunity generally do not face any significant health impact.  But people with weaker immune systems should consult their physician if they exhibit symptoms. In such a case, the Aspergillus antibodies test proves essential.

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The information mentioned above is meant for educational purposes only and should not be taken as a substitute to your Physician’s advice. It is highly recommended that the customer consults with a qualified healthcare professional to interpret test results