Hello Claire and Alex...
I was diagnosed with ABPA
9 years ago and I was put on Prednisone
as well as the anti-fungal drug, Sporanox
(generic: Itraconazole). Prednisone naturally helped out bigtime - and at the time, I wasn't sure how effective Sporanox was.
I was later put on Xolair
shots (generic: Omalizumab) to block the action of IgE in your body(mine too), thereby preventing an allergic reaction to an allergen.
This all seemed to work pretty well - even after I was weaned off of prednisone for some time.
a year ago or more, though, I just got tired of driving to and fro the doctors' office to get my Xolair shots. Plus I felt like a lab rat for too long...so I stopped all medications, including shots.
Well I haven't been doing very well over the past several months, and I know that lung health and function deteriorates with ABPA, if left unchecked.
So I went back on Itraconazole several days ago - and I swear the congestion I had over the previous weeks was GONE the next day...and hasn't come back. I feel better with all the extra oxygen too
I think I will see my allergist to see about
going back on Xolair shots, just to help keep me breathing easily and consistently.
Let me know how things are going with you folks...hope everyone is well.