Came across the following (extract) in a recent article. What really surprised me was that I had never heard of this fungus before - nor the allergen that it's spores give rise to [Alt a 1] which the article says: ''.....is considered as *the major allergen* associated with chronic asthma....'' (Note the asterisk star symbols above and below are mine).
Has anyone got any knowledge / experience of this? I've spent hundred of hours (possibly thousands) researching Asthma and - to the best of my recollection - this is the first time I've come across a reference to this Fungus / Allergen.
I'm thinking that - if the spores give rise to this allergen (which according to the article - is '' *the major allergen* associated with chronic asthma) - then should Asthmatics be tested for / treated for this trigger? (Or perhaps some of us are already being tested / treated for it?). Here's the article extract:
''.....Spores of certain Alternaria fungus that appear as mold in plants of most of our crops are present in the atmosphere throughout the year. Alt a 1 is a strongly allergenic protein present in the spores of Alternaria alternata before germination. "Alt a 1" is responsible for infections and common respiratory conditions and is also considered as the major allergen associated with chronic asthma....''
Article Link is: medicalnewstoday.com/releas...