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Doctor insights on: Could Having Hamsters As Pets Contribute To Pulmonary Fibrosis

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Could having hamsters as pets contribute to pulmonary fibrosis?

Could having hamsters as pets contribute to pulmonary fibrosis?

Yes: Some people can develope a sensitivity to their pets. This can lead to a condition called hypersensitivity pneumonitis. Untreated this can lead to pulmonary fibrosis. ...Read more

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
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Pulmonary Fibrosis (Definition)

A lung condition in which there is progressive scarring of the lung tissue. Symptoms include shortness of breath, chest pain, fatigue, ...Read more


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Can hamsters as pets contribute to pulmonary fibrosis?

Can hamsters as pets contribute to pulmonary fibrosis?

Generally no.: The cause of pulmonary fibrosis is not known, but hamsters haven't been associated with it. Hypersensitivity pneumonitis can be caused by pet birds and lead to pulmonary fibrosis in rare cases. ...Read more

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Could you get pulmonary fibrosis from breathing metal dust?

Could you get pulmonary fibrosis from breathing metal dust?

Pneumoconiosis: There are multiple causes of pulmonary fibrosis. Organic dust inhalation is a possibility, called pneumoconiosis. Causes depend on the exposure agent. ...Read more

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Could being exposed to extreme temperatures have any effect on someone with (idiopathic) pulmonary fibrosis?

In general no.: Exposure to extremes of temperatures is unlikely to have an effect on ipf per se. Though other physiological effects of extremes of temperature can compound the sense of shortness of breath. ...Read more

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Cxr report mentioned linear atelectasis can this cause sob/ deep breathing issues.Also was exposed to asbestos in 7/2013. Could la be from asbestos?

Cxr report mentioned  linear atelectasis can this cause sob/ deep breathing issues.Also was exposed to asbestos in 7/2013. Could la be from asbestos?

Atelectasis: Atelectasis describe the condition where the lung has a decrease in volume secondary to an area of lung collapse. It would be difficult to identify a specific cause for focal area of collapse as there can be many causes. Most of the time, small areas of atelectasis cause no symptoms. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is environmental pollution causing respiratory diseases in children?

Can you tell me is environmental pollution causing respiratory diseases in children?

It can: Cigarette smoke is the most studied indoor pollutant.Living among smokers doubles or triples the frequency of common respiratory illnesses in kids.It also aggravates childhood asthma. Enclosed houses often have high particulate content from recirculated air.Other environmental issues have variable and often unstudied effect. ...Read more

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Would being exposed to extreme temperatures affect someone with (idiopathic) pulmonary fibrosis?

Shortness of breath: Temperature extremes are harmful because pulmonary fibrosis prevents adapting to the increased metabolic needs that occur with either cold or hot temperatures. Increased dyspnea (shortness of breath) is the typical consequence. The heart can also be strained because it is under more strain in pulmonary fibrosis. ...Read more

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What can cause chronic bronchitis with normal lung function test, no relation to allergy, infectious disease, tobacco and other chemical irritants?

What can cause chronic bronchitis with normal lung function test, no relation to allergy, infectious disease, tobacco and other chemical irritants?

50% of us: have asthma that does not make us go to the doctor on a given year. Mostly, I think this is mis-diagnosis of not asthma, but actually inflammation due to a viral illness which varies from days to over a month. Asthma meds (especially monteleukast) fix it. ...Read more

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Would other passenngers be infected if pulmonary tuberculosis. On air carrier are his clothes are mixed with others?

Would other passenngers be infected if pulmonary tuberculosis. On air carrier are his clothes are mixed with others?

Yes: If you have active pulmonary TB and are not wearing a special mask for tb, then yes, you are very likely infecting at least some other people on the plane and where ever you are on the ground. Put on a mask and get treated right away! TB is transmitted through the air. ...Read more

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Can pulmonary function test tell if I have asthma or any other respiratory diseases?

Can pulmonary function test tell if I have asthma or any other respiratory diseases?

Piece of Puzzle...: A pulmonary function test alone cannot tell a doctor if you have asthma. This test can be very useful but is used in conjunction with other important information including a detailed past medical history and physical exam. Both subjective and objective measures are used to determine if you have asthma or any other respiratory disease. ...Read more

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Can a mild allergy to an air borne allergen such as cat dander negatively impact your fertility? Thank you

Can a mild allergy to an air borne allergen such as cat dander negatively impact your fertility? Thank you

Possible, unlikely: Any adverse impact on your quality of life or health can potentially affect your fertility but there is no direct link between allergy to airborne allergens to fertility rate. ...Read more

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Xray states:narrowed mediastinum attributed to marked air trapping in keeping with copd, plueral spaces in tact.Is it serious?What can be done to help

Xray states:narrowed mediastinum attributed to marked air trapping in keeping with copd, plueral spaces in tact.Is it serious?What can be done to help

Copd: The findings suggest airway changes from smoking. Did you also have a history of asthma which can contribute to these findings? The best thing you can do to avoid worsening of the COPD is to stop smoking entirely and avoid air pollution in general. If you have pulmonary symptoms, i suggest you have an evaluation by a pulmonologist. ...Read more

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Does bad air affect respiratory function in people with diseases like asthma or pulmonary fibrosis?

Yes: People with chronic respiratory diseases should avoid heavily polluted air. Air quality alerts are issued for areas when there is a high concentration of pollution. These are usually reported on the local weather reports. In some instances, poor air quality can even cause chronic lung disease. For more information on this, go to the american lung association website. ...Read more

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Can animal allergies (i.e. cats or dogs) contribute to sarcoidosis symptoms?

Can animal allergies (i.e. cats or dogs) contribute to sarcoidosis symptoms?

Symptoms: both allergies and sarcoid can cause airway symptoms independently;so if symptomatic may not be able to differentiate the relative contributions ...Read more

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What can cause chronic bronchitis with normal lung function test and no relation to allergy or infectious disease?

What can cause chronic bronchitis with normal lung function test and no relation to allergy or infectious disease?

Tobacco: Tobacco smoking by far is the most common cause in the absence of allergy or infection. Air pollution is also a strong suspect although the link is not as well proven as with tobacco. ...Read more

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Can allergies to mold or cigarette smoke cause a reoccurrence of pleurisy? I has a bilateral pe and pleurisy.

Can allergies to mold or cigarette smoke cause a reoccurrence of pleurisy? I has a bilateral pe and pleurisy.

No: Mold allergy can cause asthma and even a pneumonia-like condition but not pleurisy per se . Cigarette smoke is unhealthy can can cause breathing problem in susceptible people but not pleurisy. What do you mean by pe-pulmonary embolism ? ...Read more

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Are the elderly with COPD & pulmonary hypertension & clot in the leg prone to cough? How can cough be avoided?

Are the elderly with COPD & pulmonary hypertension &  clot in the leg prone to cough?  How can cough be avoided?

Cough in copd: Patient's with COPD are prone to develop cough as the air ways are affected or from bronchitis. Trial of cough medications may help. Pulmonary hypertension is unlikely to cause cough. ...Read more

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Respiratory (Definition)

Pertaining to the work of breathing done by the chest ...Read more