Asthma and Toenail Fungus

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So  your feet can affect your lungs?

This is actually an old notion and data continue to gather to suggest that it may be true.  The thought process is that molds grow under the toenails and the body develops an allergy to them  The same mold may colonize the airways and the allergy response there leads to asthma. We see the same process in the well recognized diseases Allergic Bronchopulmonary Aspergillosis and Allergic Bronchopulmonary Mycosis.

The fungus that grows under the toenails is called trichophyton (try-co-FY-ton).  A recent study from Japan published in the Journal, Chest, showed that asthmatics with allergy to trichophyton were much more likely to have severe disease than asthmatics without trichophyton sensitivity.  Older studies have suggested that severe asthmatics with trichophyton sensitivity derive benefit from antifungal treatment.

If you have asthma that is not responding to the usual treatment, it may be time to take a look at your feet.

Dr. O

5 Comments

  1. great stuff will have to bookmark so i may return to read more

  2. great stuff will have to bookmark so i may return to read more

  3. Asthma is considered to be dangerous because it can block the airway of the person and it can even affect the breathing pattern.

  4. Oh, I never thought that there is a Toenail Fungus that can really cause Asthma. I have Asthma and fortunately do not have fungus.

  5. It’s my first time to read that toenail fungus could actually affect with asthma or considerably the cause of it. Thanks, it gives some knowledge which is unusual.

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