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How do you cure ABA or Allergic Bronchopulmonary aspergillosis?


My grandma has ABA or Allergic Bronchopulmonary aspergillosis. The doctors have told her that she has done everything that is possible. We are not going to take that as an answer! She is 70 and had to retire because of ABA. She can't have a lung transplant because she has also had breast and colon cancer. She is on oxygen 24/7. Is there any suggestions or comments?? Please feel free! We will take anything!
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How to cure "Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis"?


My mom, have this fungus aspergillosis in her lungs, I´m asking aditional treatment (she is on drugs right now) she works on maintenance office . 55 years old. I´m confuse with all this science definitions and blocking my mind. Any help will do. Thank you.
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the treatment of choice is steroids, I am assuming thats what her doctor has prescribed, besides that is just symptomatic releif. if you are not satisfied by her doctor, you have a right for a second opinion, good luck  (+ info)

allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis, anyone know a way to treat this lung disease naturally no steroids?


Aspergillosis is an opportunistic infection caused by inhaled spores of the mold Aspergillus, which invade blood vessels, causing hemorrhagic necrosis and infarction. Symptoms may be those of asthma, pneumonia, sinusitis, or rapidly progressing systemic illness. Diagnosis is primarily clinical but may be aided by imaging studies, histopathology, and specimen staining and culture. Treatment is with voriconazole, amphotericin B (or its lipid formulations), caspofungin, itraconazole, or flucytosine. Fungus balls may require surgical resection. Recurrence is common.
Please see the web pages for more details on Pulmonary aspergillosis - allergic bronchopulmonary type.  (+ info)

Can a diagnosis of Allergic Bronchialpulmonary Aspergillosis be determed as eligible for Fed/SSI disability?


I have been diagnosed with ABPA. Most days it takes all I have just to get out of bed. Could I be eligible for SSI disability benefits?
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First of all, are you sure you would not be eligible for SSDI benefits? Secondly, your condition may be listed in the SSA "blue book" which list all the medical conditions SSA normally consider to be a disability. But if its not listed, this does not mean that SSA will not find you disabled, just that they may need additional medical documentation to make a decision.

However there are some other criteria;

* If you are working earnigs need to be under what's called SGA or $900 in gross earnings per month.

* If you are going to apply for SSI there is an asset test, for an individual your assets need to be under $2000, for a couple its $3000. If you own a home this is excluded from assets as well as one car. (there is no asset limit for SSDI)

* If you do get denied the first go around and over 60% of SSI applicants do, do not get discouraged most people are found eligbile upon appeal. The only downside of this is that the appeal process can be lengthy  (+ info)

How long can the treatment (cure) for Aspergillosis take?


It's Aspergillosis in the lungs (aspergilloma) and it's being treated with Noxafil. It has been 5 months and there is no change in the lungs, it's not worse but it's not better either.
How long should the treatment normally take?
The only answers given by the Pulmologist and other specialists are "I don't know" and "this is so unusual I have never come across this before and the books doesn't say much about it".
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If it is truly an aspergilloma (fungus ball within a cavity in the lung) then antibiotics are usually used to suppress symptoms such as fever, sweats and weight loss or hemoptysis (coughing up of blood). It has been my experience that even 6-12 months of antifungal medications such as noxafil WILL NOT get rid of the aspergilloma unless it is very small and in the early stages. The only definitive cure for aspergilloma is surgical resection/removal. There are many with aspergilloma who for many reasons can not undergo/tolerate surgery. In those people, I generally try and suppress them long term with antifungal medications. My usual regimen is two months on and one month off meds indefinitely. It is a very difficult problem and if it is symptomatic can be difficult to treat. Aspergillosis of the lung can take on one of a few forms:
1. Invasive aspergillosis - usually seen in leukemia/lymphoma or cancer patients with compromised immune systems and can be deadly. These people are usually hospitalized and on IV antifungals
2. Aspergilloma (fungus ball) as described above
3. Chronic invasive pulmonary aspergillosis - usually found in cavities of the lung but doesn't quite form a fungus ball. Instead the fungus infects the wall of the cavity and causes fever, fatigue, sweats and weight loss. This is treated with 6-12 months of antifungal pills
4. Necrotizing bronchopulmonary aspergillosis: very rare form that causes the walls of the airways to become necrotic, usually untreatable

You may want to ask for a consultation with an infectious disease specialist if you are not getting the answers you want from the pulmonologist  (+ info)

What separates what people are allergic to and not allergic to?


If someone is allergic to something what else should they be allergic to thats similar. Is some is allergic to shrimp, should they to allergic to all seafood. or if someone is allergic to drinking beer should it be all alcohol including rubbing alcohol. What about apples and other fruit. Pumpkin and squash. Is it genetic. Could they get over the allergy. Could it get better. How could you tell if someone is mildly allergic to something or if its suposed to happen.
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Every substance has a different protein structure. Allergies come from these protein structures. Yes, sometimes people will have allergies in the same categories, but other times they don't. My friend is allergic to pears but nothing else, where as I am allergic to milk products, eggs, wheat, tree nuts, peanuts, and shellfish among other things. It varies by person.

Sometimes people can "outgrow" allergies, but if there severe allergies its exceptionally rare to do so. Talk to your doctor if you think you have an allergy.  (+ info)

What happens if you are allergic to dairy and keep on eating it?


If you have a dairy allergy that is not severe and simply ignore the symptoms and continue eating dairy like anyone else, does this damage your body in anyway? Is dairy harmful to a person who is allergic to it besides the immediate and uncomfortable reactions? Are there any long term effects caused by eating milk products consistently when one is allergic to milk? I have read many articles and heard people say that if you are allergic to milk you need to stop eating things made with milk or milk proteins. But what happens in the long run if you don't?
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Allergic to peanuts, coconut, curry sause and all forms of beans?


I am inviting a friend for dinner and she is allergic to peanuts, coconuts, curry sause and all beans. What do I cook for her?
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considering I don't normally use ANY of those ingredients .... why not grill some salmon? with a green salad, fruit salad, and rice pilaf......  (+ info)

How long should an allergic reaction symptom to an antibiotic last?


I was put on Ciprofolxacin for an infection and had an allergic reaction. I started taking it on dec 19th and stopped 3 days later when I realized that the spots on my arms weren't a flare-up of psoriasis, but an allergic reaction. The rash has gotten steadily worse since then instead of better. It's been about 11 days since I stopped taking it, Shouldn't the symptoms be lessening by now?
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I'd like to ask some additional questions, but you don't allow email.

I'm going to assume that this is a self-medication and that you are aware of what cipro is good at treating and what it is not. After all, the spots on your skin could actually be a low-level infection caused by an opportunistic fungus, a frequent cause of psoriasis. The sudden death of millions of staph epidermidis, etc on your skin is great food for fungus. It could also be a product of your original infection. So, I'm questioning your understanding of what you think the problem is.

Cipro also increases sensitivity to sunlight, so your "rash" could be a type of sunburn.... I could go through many issues without detail, but I won't.

If you are under the care of a physician, have a real evaluation. If you are in a third world country self-medicating with cipro, you're part of the problem of drug resistance and the reason why cipro can no longer be held as a drug of last resort. Shame.

You need to see a physician and have them evaluate the visual and textural quality of the rash. Otherwise, what you would do to help an allergy will make anything else much worse. Since cipro half-life is 4 hours, 8 days is plenty of time for it to be gone from your system and the rash to start getting better.  (+ info)

What are you actually allergic to when your allergic to cats and dogs?


There hair,dander,and saliva. combination of all that? i was allergic to cats as a child but its not as bad anymore so what happen? and recently just saved a cat, if i just put up with the allergy attack will i eventually get immune to it?
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The actual stuff that is the allergen is proteins in the skin, fur, and saliva of the animals. You're body decides the proteins are a foreign invader and reacts like it would to an infection.

You can out grow allergies, which typically happens after not being exposed for many years and the reactive recognition cells die off. There is also becoming desensitized, through continual exposure or through allergy shots. While this works for lots of people there are others that will continue to react regardless of exposure.

I'm allergic to cats and dogs, and even with constant exposure the reactions didn't let up. However, using allergy shots has help for some reason. You might get over the reactions, but you also may not, so you want to try using allergy meds to cope while you have reactions to kitty.  (+ info)

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