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What is acute hypersensitivity pneumonitis?

What is acute hypersensitivity pneumonitis?

Inflammation in lung: Hypersensitivity pneumonitis is a lung disease in which an inhaled substance capable of triggering an immune response called and "antigen" is inhaled and causes an illness that is like pneumonia, with fever , shortness of breath etc.. Symptoms resolve when exposure to the antigen is stopped, but repetitive exposure can result in chronic scar formation in the lung. Steroid medicine can also help. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Fiala
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Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis (Definition)

A non-ige mediated, immunologically mediated lung disease with generalized symptoms due to sensitization of a wide variety of inhaled organic dusts. These include molds, birds and other antigens found especially in workplaces and hobbies. It affects lung alveoli and can have acute (appears like viral pneumonia), subacute and chronic forms. No one ...Read more


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

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

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. ...Read more

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Can leaving hypersensitivity pneumonitis untreated for 2 years be potentially dangerous for the lungs? If so, how?

Can leaving hypersensitivity pneumonitis untreated for 2 years be potentially dangerous for the lungs? If so, how?

HRCT: There are stages of progression of hypersensitivity pneumonitis. It is difficult to predict the course, but a follow up HRCT of the lungs provides information about the degree of involvement and scarring in the lung. Steroids are used to treat the disease, and I would also advise that you have a bronchial washing as well. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: hypersensitivity pneumonitis?

What is the definition or description of: hypersensitivity pneumonitis?

Extrinsic alveolitis: A non-ige mediated, immunologically mediated lung disease with generalized symptoms due to sensitization of a wide variety of inhaled organic dusts. These include molds, birds and other antigens found especially in workplaces and hobbies. It affects lung alveoli and can have acute (appears like viral pneumonia), subacute and chronic forms. No one test confirms the disease. ...Read more

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Acute hypersensitivity pneumonitis fatal?

Acute hypersensitivity pneumonitis fatal?

Not usually: Not usually, however very heavy exposure to the inciting agent or very severe responses can cause severe lung injury and result even in respiratory failure. Even in these situations if medical care is sought out the response to steroid medicine is usually very good. Repeat exposures that are untreated can cause a more chronic scarring of the lung or pulmonary fibrosis that can shorten ones life. ...Read more

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Is there any history on the drug simvastin and hypersensitivity pneumonitis?

Is there any history on the drug simvastin and hypersensitivity pneumonitis?

No: Hypersensitivity pneumonitis is mostly associated with inhaled particles. That the body has a reaction to). Typically with molds, bacteria etc. This may be associated with certain hobbies. A classic cause is related to having a pet bird. There are some drugs which can cause and inflammation of the lung that is similar, amiodarone the antiarrythmic is one, some cancer drugs, not usually statins. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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Hello doctor , why HP (Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis)less in smoker than non smokers ?

Unaware of: I am not aware of such an association. Hypersensitivity pneumonitis (HP) is induced by exposure to a specific agent but only certain susceptible individuals would get it. Smoking is bad for everyone and I am not aware that it protects against HP. ...Read more

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What is acute hypersensitivity pneumonitis?

Inflammation in lung: Hypersensitivity pneumonitis is a lung disease in which an inhaled substance capable of triggering an immune response called and "antigen" is inhaled and causes an illness that is like pneumonia, with fever , shortness of breath etc.. Symptoms resolve when exposure to the antigen is stopped, but repetitive exposure can result in chronic scar formation in the lung. Steroid medicine can also help. ...Read more

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What is causing hypersensitivity pneumonitis?

Sherlock Holmes: It can be extremely difficulty to identify the source of hypersensitivity penumonitis; there are literally tens and tens of sources for the illness. Some of the top offenders include: •bird droppings •humidifiers, heating systems, and hot tubs •liquid chemicals used in the landscaping and florist industries •moldy hay, straw, and grain •chemicals released during the production of plastics and ele. ...Read more

Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Screening (Definition)

Examples are: colonoscopy for colon polyp or cancer; mammograms for breast lesions or cancer; psa a blood test that could indicate enlargement of cancerous prostate tissue; blood sugar or hemoglobin a!c for diabetes. Many think that scanning the whole body will pick up a cancer--in all likelihood, it will not. There also is no good blood test, yet, ...Read more


Dr. Paul Carter
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Hypersensitivity (Definition)

Hypersensitivity is a clinical term in which a normally tolerable trigger results in a larger than expected response. Examples include emotional responses to social situations, or sunburn from average amounts of sunlight that normally do ...Read more