According to the National Aspergillosis Centre in the UK, doctors are still working on finding the connection between food allergies and aspergillosis.
A Few Words on Aspergillosis
Aspergillosis is a group of fungal infections. They’re all caused by a mold called Aspergillus. This mold spreads through the air, especially in damp houses.
While most people can breathe in Aspergillus mold without developing an infection, it can cause respiratory problems or allergies in some. This is particularly common among people with immune disorders, but it can happen to anyone.
Food Allergies and Aspergillosis
It’s still unclear whether aspergillosis can cause food allergies. But some people who have aspergillosis react badly to certain types of food. Three foods you should look out for:
The mold Alternaria causes spinach allergy. But Aspergillus might cause this allergy as well, or it might make a person more sensitive to Alternaria infections.
Like in the case of spinach, some types of mold can cause mushroom allergies, and exposure to Aspergillus may increase the risk of this happening. Additionally, many people with aspergillosis experience problems with eating foods that contain fungi, such as cheese, bread, and beer.
Quorn is the brand name of a type of meat substitute. This product is made from a special fungus, and it’s a popular choice for non-animal protein. However, some people experienced digestive issues in response to Quorn.
Studies show that Quorn reacts badly with a number of other molds, including Aspergillus.
Although the link between food allergies and aspergillosis requires a lot more research, experience shows that people with this condition need to be careful. So if you have aspergillosis, you might want to pay special attention to your diet.