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how long does it take chemical pneumonia take to go away by itself? if it was from an acute exposure

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Dr. Dominic Riganotti
24 years experience Infectious Disease
Weeks: Chemcal pneumonia ( or pneumonitis) causes irritation to the cells in the lung..generally not an actual pneumonia like that caused by bacteria. Aspiration (from out stomachs) is most common. It can take days to weeks to resolve. Remember that the cells lining the lung have been damaged and are trying to heal.
Answered on Oct 29, 2014

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