Aspergillus Fumigatus Testing

Mycotoxin: Gliotoxin

Health Effects: Gliotoxin has been shown to suppress the immune system, making the host more susceptible to the infections by A. fumigatus or other opportunistic pathogens. A. fumigatus is frequently found in homes and buildings. It is considered to be an opportunistic pathogen, meaning it rarely infects healthy individuals, but is the leading cause of invasive aspergillosis (IA) in immunocompromised individuals such as cancer, HIV or transplant patients. 

IA is the leading cause of death in these patients, with a mortality rate of 30% to 80%. Patients are infected by breathing in the spores of the fungi. Gliotoxin was demonstrated to suppress T-cell response, inhibit antigen-presenting cell function and induce the death of monocytes.

Symptoms and Diagnosis

An aspergillus infection is a serious health condition that can cause a number of medical problems. Fumigatus spores cause a weakened immune system and lung problems., some of the most common symptoms are:

  • Running a high fever
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Coughing up bloody mucus

If you notice any of these symptoms after finding mold in your home it is important to test for invasive pulmonary aspergillosis right away. It is important to remember that this pathogen causes serious respiratory issues and is much more serious than being allergic! 

Testing for Aspergillus Fumigatus

The most effective way to test for Aspergillus Fumigatus is with a mold test kit from Realtime Labs. Our kits can accurately test for aspergillosis fungus infections.

Our test kits can accurately identify aspergillus fungus that is living in your home or body with a simple test.

Aspergillus Fumigatus Treatments

It is possible to treat aspergillus infections after a full diagnosis. The most common treatment plans currently involve anti-fungal corticosteroids medications or in some severe cases surgical removal of the fungal growth.