“Historically it has been thought the lungs were sterile.” According to Dr. Hugo van Woerden from Cardiff University’s Institute of Primary Care and Public Health who led the research. New research shows the tiny particles of fungi found in lungs leads to new treatment and research taking prescribed medicines for asthma sufferers in a whole new direction. In the journal, BMC Infectious Diseases, revealed what is found in healthy lungs is not at all the same found in lungs of asthma patients by studying the sputum.
136 different fungal species
The asthma trigger has been identified. 90 different species were discovered, 46 of which were only to be found in healthy individuals. Research shows new lines of treatment and improved care for asthma sufferers is on the way. In the future sputum may be tested of patients before medicine is prescribed.
In the past it was found asthma patients are sensitive to airborne molds
Breathing airborne mold for asthma sufferers increased asthma attacks and the question has always been, does antifungal therapy prove effective? What causes asthmatic lungs to become sensitive? There has been what was thought to be an extreme asthma condition in which fungus lines the respiratory tract, Aspergillus fumigatus. It was also thought only severe asthmatics suffered from the condition. Studies are now showing the disease is not left to just a small population of asthma patients as previously thought.
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