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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)

Pulmonary fibrosis is 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?

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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Does coughing often mean I could have pulmonary fibrosis?

Does coughing often mean I could have pulmonary fibrosis?

No: Doctors have a saying, "if you are standing on a plain in colorado and you hear hoof beats, dont turn around expecting to see zebras." there are so many other conditions which are more common that i would suspect to cause a cough. Infections like colds and bronchitis when coughing for a week to a month. Asthma or chronic bronchitis when months to years. Others can be found with xrays etc. ...Read more

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Could you give me straight forward info on pulmonary fibrosis?

Could you give me straight forward info on pulmonary fibrosis?

Scars: In nflammation from any cause in so much area of the lung, inflammatory cells recruit the fibrocytes (scar cells). These cells lay down fibers to wall of the inflammations but because there is diffuse inflammation, they end up laying down fiber in the interstitial spaces in may areas. It thickens the areas in between the air sacs and the blood vessels. That is fibrosis, if limited area it's scar. ...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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Ve been diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis, sometimes I have pain in the breastbone, could it be related to pf?

Not directly...: Pulmonary fibrosis does not cause pain directly but if you are coughing, the cough can lead to musculoskeletal chest wall pain. If the pain is present all the time (not just when coughing or deep breathing), see your doctor to be sure it is not cardiac pain. ...Read more

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Does chest pain mean I could have pulmonary fibrosis?

Does chest pain mean I could have pulmonary fibrosis?

Probably not...: Cheat pain is not a typical symptom of pulmonary fibrosis. See your doctor to evaluate any chest pain so that it can be treated and so cardiac etiologies can be ruled out. ...Read more

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Could some kind of weather help with pulmonary fibrosis?

No: Weather does not make a difference for pulmonary fibrosis. Altitude does. In pulmonary fibrosis it is harder for oxygen to cross into the bloodstream. Higher altitudes have lower oxygen pressure compounding the problem. Ultimately, living at lower altitudes does not affect survival or the course of the disease. ...Read more

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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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