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What is extrinsic allergic alveolitis?

An inflammatory condition where the lungs react strongly to inhaled foreign particles e.g. mold, pet dander, or bird feathers.

Symptoms of extrinsic allergic alveolitis

  • Cough

  • Feeling breathless

  • Fever

  • Have frequent contact with birds or real feathers

  • Blood in saliva

Questions your doctor may ask to check for extrinsic allergic alveolitis

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose extrinsic allergic alveolitis

  • Do you have a cough?

  • Are you breathless or having hard time breathing?

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Do you have a pet bird or do you use down jackets or feather comforters?

  • Do you have blood in your phlegm?

Treatment for extrinsic allergic alveolitis

Treatment consists of identifying and removing the culprit substance. This is followed by medications to reduce inflammation in the lungs. More severe cases may require physical therapy for the lungs, or lung transplants.

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References

  • Šterclová M. Exogenní alergické alveolitidy: minimum pro praxi [Extrinsic allergic alveolitis: minimum for clinical practice]. Vnitr Lek. 2018 Winter;63(11):802-806. Czech. PMID: 29303282.

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  • Ismail T, McSharry C, Boyd G. Extrinsic allergic alveolitis. Respirology. 2006 May;11(3):262-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1843.2006.00839.x. PMID: 16635083.

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