A new study has found that a type of fungal infection may be a possible cause of lung inflammation. The study, which was conducted by researchers at the National Institutes of Health, found that the Aspergillus fumigatus fungus may be a possible cause of lung inflammation.
The study was conducted by studying the lung tissue of mice that had been infected with the Aspergillus fumigatus fungus. The researchers found that the fungus caused the mice to develop a type of lung inflammation known as bronchiolitis.
The study’s lead author, Dr. John Perfect, said that the findings of the study could have implications for humans. He said that physicians should consider the possibility that fungal infections could be a cause of lung inflammation in humans.
Dr. Perfect said that the findings of the study need to be confirmed in human studies. However, he said that the findings suggest that fungal infections could be a possible cause of a type of lung inflammation known as eosinophilic bronchiolitis.
Eosinophilic bronchiolitis is a type of lung inflammation that is often seen in people with asthma. The condition can be difficult to treat and can often lead to hospitalization.
Dr. Perfect said that the findings of the study could lead to the development of new treatments for eosinophilic bronchiolitis. He said that the findings could also lead to the development of new diagnostic tests for the condition.
WebMD (1) recently urged physicians to consider fungal infections as a possible cause of lung inflammation. The article cites a study (2) in which researchers found that, among a group of patients with unexplained lung inflammation, those who were treated with antifungal drugs had a significantly higher rate of improvement than those who were not.
While the study did not conclusively prove that fungal infections are a cause of lung inflammation, the findings suggest that they may be a factor in some cases. WebMD recommends that physicians consider the possibility of a fungal infection in patients who have lung inflammation that does not respond to treatment or that recurs after appearing to improve.
Fungal infections are often difficult to diagnose, and they can be serious if not promptly treated. If you have lung inflammation that does not improve with treatment, it is important to talk to your physician about the possibility of a fungal infection.