I was just diagnosed with this disease, which I understand is getting more common among severe asthmatics. It's caused by a common fungus that invades the lungs of those who are immuno-compromised by high steroid use, as many of us are. Its symptoms feel like a really bad asthma attack that doesn't respond to conventional treatments. I had never heard of this disease until I was diagnosed, but I will say that it resulted in the worse asthma flare I've yet had, and it was not responding to treatment. I am now taking antifungal drugs to treat it, along with prednisone. I understand that the antifungal therapy takes four to six months, and that I have to have regular liver function tests while on the antifungals.
I did a search on the site and did not see a topic addressing this condition, so I thought I'd put something out there for discussion. Since I have been asthmatic for over twenty years, thought I was pretty knowledgeable about asthma in general, and I just learned about this, are there others out there who may need to learn more about ABPA? Is anyone dealing with this, or have they dealt with it in the past?