Symptoms of Aspergillosis

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Symptoms of allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA) are similar to asthma

The different types of aspergillosis can cause different symptoms.1

The symptoms of allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA) are similar to asthma symptoms, including:

  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cough
  • Fever (in rare cases)

Symptoms of allergic Aspergillus sinusitis2 include:

  • Stuffiness
  • Runny nose
  • Headache
  • Reduced ability to smell

Symptoms of an aspergilloma (“fungus ball”)3 include:

  • Cough
  • Coughing up blood
  • Shortness of breath

Symptoms of chronic pulmonary aspergillosis4,5 include:

  • Weight loss
  • Cough
  • Coughing up blood
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
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Fever is a common symptom of invasive aspergillosis

Invasive aspergillosis1 usually occurs in people who are already sick from other medical conditions, so it can be difficult to know which symptoms are related to an Aspergillus infection. However, the symptoms of invasive aspergillosis in the lungs include:

  • Fever
  • Chest pain
  • Cough
  • Coughing up blood
  • Shortness of breath
  • Other symptoms can develop if the infection spreads from the lungs to other parts of the body.

Contact your healthcare provider if you have symptoms that you think are related to any form of aspergillosis.

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