Flonase (fluticasone propionate) is an inhaled nasal steroid designed to shut down your immune system from reacting to whatever is in the environment thereby preventing allergy symptoms.
Research and case studies have shown that repeated uses of Flonase, or high doses, may lead to aspergillus infecting the lungs.
Today in clinic:
A 60 year old female with long history of asthma as a child and adult-onset allergies presented today with an aspergillus lung infection in both lobes which began in 2003.
Brief history of onset:
She worked near a construction site where they were stirring up soil for a huge foundation project. Concurrently, she was using Flonase for 3 years as her allergies were acting up while working next to this construction site.
In 2002 she began having symptoms of coughing progressing to smelly, sticky, green mucous casts being coughed up. It wasn't until 9 months later that her MD ordered a X-ray and found odd findings in her lungs. Finally, 4 months after the X ray, MRIs and her demanding the MDs to evaluate the mucous, she had an infectious disease specialist say, "That looks like fungus." The MD analyzed it and sure enough, it was aspergillus. The MRI clusters in her lungs also confirmed it.
That was in 2003 and she still has the aspergillus today. She has been on numerous anti-fungals which have significantly improved her symptoms and even had part of her lung on one side removed in an attempt to remove an aspergillus colony. However, the surgery failed as she continues to cough green mucous if she stops taking the anti-fungals.
She told the MDs about the connection of Flonase (fluticasone) and Aspergillus in the lungs. They denied it. In fact, they told her to keep using it.
What I found:
- Study 1: Aspergillosis related to long-term nasal corticosteroid use.
- Study 2: Invasive pulmonary aspergillosis associated with high-dose inhaled fluticasone.
- Study 3: Laryngeal aspergillosis following high dose inhaled fluticasone therapy for asthma.
So I dug further and found that nebulized liposomal amphotericin B is quite effective for many patients with aspergillosis. Along with that, n-acetyl cysteine has been shown to inhibit germination of conidia and growth of Aspergillus spp.
Good old garlic is effective as well according to research. We also prescribed an anti-fungal herbal tincture. We also gave her nebulized glutathione it is high in individuals with healthy lung function. The nebulized glutathione is mixed with the nebulized n-acetyl cysteine.
The n-acetyl cysteine will make her cough up all sorts of mucous and at the same time thin the green mucous allowing it to come up easily. Thus, we told her to do the nebulized glutathione and n-acetyl cysteine in the morning and the nebulized amphotericin B at night.
Along with that we told her to do contrast hot and cold towels on her chest to encourage blood flow to her lungs. Hot towels brings blood and lymph carrying the immune system in and cold towels flush out toxins by pushing out blood and lymph. Basically the hot and cold towels are a pump.
She returns in two weeks and we will see how she is doing.
Next time you reach for Flonase and you've been using it for years, consider visiting a naturopathic physician. A qualified ND may be able to assist you in overcoming asthma and your allergies potentially freeing you from Flonase and other steroids.
Until you visit a physician, absolutely do not cease the use of Flonase or other steroid inhalers. Doing so may kill you. Never stop the use of medications without talking with your doctor.
You may find a naturopathic physician by visiting the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians website.
If you find yourself not getting better or you are not being heard by your doctor, you have the right to find a different doctor. This woman did. It may have saved her life.