An Allergy Infection caused by Fungus

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If you have allergies throughout the year, you could be allergic to what we call fungus or mold. Like other allergies, fungal allergy infections are triggered when you come into contact with what is known as mold or mildew, which is a form of fungi that is present and spreads in the air. Inhalation of the spores of the fungi can cause an allergic reaction in some people. 

What is it?

Allergic fungal infections usually affect your upper respiratory tract, and some can even cause inflammation to the skin. While most of these fungal allergy infections are minor and can be treated with medication, there are a few that can cause major health issues.

Allergic reactions to mold and other fungi can developed early in childhood, but some can occur even as the person ages. Some of the fungus allergy infections include

  • Fungal sinusitis and other respiratory diseases
  • Fungal eye infections
  • Fungal skin diseases
  • Fungal meningitis – affects the spinal cord through blood
  • Nail fungus infections

Symptoms

The symptoms of fungal allergy infection may differ from one person to another, based on the type of infection that the person has been affected with. Common symptoms that you should watch out for include

  • Fever, numbness or swelling of face, nasal discharge, cough, headache and visual disturbances in case of fungal sinusitisRashes, reddish-purple patches on the skin, cracking of skin, soreness, scaling and pimples with pus at affected areas in cases of fungal skin allergy infection
  • Scaling, severe discomfort in the ear and inflammation in case of fungal ear infection
  • Swelling of the nails, change in color of the nails to white or yellow and inflammation of the nail bed in case of nail or toenail fungal infection

Causes

There are millions of varieties of fungi around the world. Anyone, regardless of age, gender, and location can get affected by fungi. People with weak immune systems are more likely to get a fungal allergy infection than those with stronger immunity.

Fungal allergy infection is caused due to different types of fungi that thrive in certain conditions like dry or rotten wood, wet or moist conditions, plants, and other pollen. Fungi spread and multiply through the spores that are spread through the air.

While some fungi like black mold can be toxic, others are less dangerous but cause discomfort in the patient. The most common types of fungi causing allergy and infection include Aspergillus, Blastomyces, Candida, Coccidioides (found in dry weather), Cryptococcus neoformans (found in soil), Cryptococcus gattii, Histoplasma capsulatum (bat or bird droppings), and Mucoromycotina (in decaying matter) among others.

Allergies

Environmental Allergens
Environmental Allergens

The majority of people around the world are allergic to something or the other. Among the common triggers of allergic reactions include specific food types, pollen, dust, fungi and sometimes chemicals in medicines. Allergic reaction can cause mild irritation in some people and in some, they may be fatal. That is why it is important for people who have allergies to carry their anti-allergy medicines at all times. The best thing to do is avoid coming into contact with what you are allergic too.


What is it?

Allergies are the response of the immune system to a substance. When your body, the immune system to be precise, does not agree with something, you will experience an allergic reaction. Allergies are hypersensitive disorders, and when ignored, can lead to conditions like diarrhea, asthma, vomiting, sinusitis, and swelling of the face or other body parts.

Allergies are the over exaggerated reaction of a person’s immune system to a particular substance or particle. That is why something, that is good for you, may prove to be dangerous for another individual who is allergic to it.

While most allergies are developed at an early age, some people can become allergic to certain substances as they age. There is no saying what may cause the allergy or what they may become allergic to, but the most common factor causing an allergic reaction is changes in the immune system.

Treatment for allergies, therefore, include natural treatments, steroid injections and medicines that modify the structure of the immune system and minimize the reaction. People who are allergic to particles in the environment, like dust, pollen and such are more susceptible to their reactions.

 

Symptoms

The allergic reactions that people have can range from mild and fatal. The early stages of an allergic reaction could be acute and result in rashes, or running nose, itchy eyes, etc. that cause discomfort in the person. Severe allergies can lead to

  • Sneezing and running nose (Rhinitis)
  • Sinusitis
  • Coughing, some people may have an attack of asthma on exposure to allergens
  • Redness of the eye, itching and watering of eyes (Hayfever and Allergies)
  • Breakout of hives, rashes with inflammation of the skin
  • Vomiting and diarrhea
  • Bloating of stomach, pain in the abdomen

Often, the allergies may appear in the form of rashes or a common cold and may occur repetitively. In such cases, the first step is to identify what you are allergic to and also consult a doctor for preventive medication.


Causes

 Allergies can be caused due to

  • Foods like nuts, dairy products, fish, etc.
  • Non-food proteins like latex
  • Toxins that interact with certain proteins in the food
  • Hereditary (genetic structure causes allergies in some people)

Fungal Allergies on the Rise

A new find to add to the ever growing list of allergens… Yip, another item you can’t even see to worry about. It’s called Basidiomycetes and is a class of fungi that forms part of puffballs, brackets and very yummy mushrooms. Basidiomycetes is predominantly an outside fungi however its spores do have the potential to migrate in doors.

Respiratory allergy sufferers such as those that have asthma have been found to be highly sensitive to basidiomycetes.

Bird poop can even be fatal…. Yip, it’s true, Cryptococcus neoformans is an airborne fungi that often growths on old bird poop and can result in a fatal systemic infection in those individuals who are severely immune-compromised. This is due to the air-borne basidiospores found in the Cryptococcus neoformans that results in an infection of the lungs called cryptococcosis.

Decaying wood, animal dung and decaying leaves are also an ideal habitat for Basidiomycetes, so be wary the next time you pass a toadstool or skewer your next scrumptious mushroom as it could be fungal allergy causing.

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Fungal Allergies

Fungi spores and mold is actually more prevalent in the air and in our homes than grass and tree pollens.

Now in the these winter months, especially when the ground is covered with snow and is frozen, there are less fungi spores in the air. Once the snow starts to melt and things start looking warmer the amount of mold and fungi increases. During the month of June when warmer weather arise fungi becomes even more prevalent and by the time it’s September (late summer) fungi is abundant in the air and in our homes. Thereafter we will return to winter when fungi decreases and so mother natures “fungal cycle” begins again…

During these peak fungal months a large population suffer terribly from allergies.

When breathing, tiny fungi or mold spores can get into your nose and sinuses.  In an ideal case these spores would be flushed out of your body with your mucus as it drains naturally.

In the case of allergies, your body sees these spores as harmful and tries to get rid of them by causing the mucus membranes (skin inside your nose and sinuses) to produce large amounts of mucus to radically flush the spores out.  This causes the mucus membranes to swell.  This swelling leads to the opening of the sinuses being blocked allowing mucus to collect inside the sinus space. This may then lead to fungal sinusitis.

Fungal sinusitis, if not treated correctly or in time, could then lead to more serious conditions such as nasal polyps and even chronic sinusitis.

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