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Not sure what is causing hypersensitivity pneumonitis? what doctor can tell?

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Dr. Michael Depietro
Pulmonary Critical Care 35 years experience
Lung: A pulmonologist or lung specialist is an expert in this disease. Identifying the specific cause can be difficult, sometimes anti-inflammatory steroid medicine can be used to treat regardless. Identifying the cause is most useful in preventing future exposure.
Dr. David Shulan
Allergy and Immunology 41 years experience
A careful history: A careful history with a physician (allergist or pulmonologist) can help identify potential causes which can often be confirmed with special blood test looking for precipitating antibodies. Oral steroids may be needed for treatment until one can avoid the cause.
Dr. Michael Zacharisen
Allergy and Immunology 33 years experience
Team work: Sometimes the diagnosis of hypersensitivity pneumonitis is challenging. It is common for a team of doctors to work together including pulmonologist, allergist, pathologist, radiologist with expertise in chest diseases, occupational physician (if related to workplace) and industrial hygienist.

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Last updated Apr 18, 2014

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