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  • Noisy breathing

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Content updated on Jan 19, 2024

What is hypersensitivity pneumonitis?

An inflammatory condition in which the lungs have a strong reaction to inhaled foreign particles like mold, pet dander, or bird feathers.

Symptoms of hypersensitivity pneumonitis

  • Blood in saliva

  • Fever

  • Feeling breathless

  • Noisy breathing; e.g. wheezing, rattling

  • Cough

  • Have frequent contact with birds or real feathers

  • History of atrial fibrillation

  • Sweating at night requiring change in clothing

Questions your doctor may ask to check for hypersensitivity pneumonitis

  • Is there blood in your phlegm?

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Are you having difficulty breathing?

  • Is your breathing noisy, like wheezing or rattling?

  • Do you have a cough?

Treatment for hypersensitivity pneumonitis

Treatment involves identifying and removing the offending substance, followed by medications to decrease lung inflammation. More severe cases may need lung physical therapy 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.

    https://www.prolekare.cz/specialist-agreement

  • 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.

    https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1440-1843.2006.00839.x

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Phillip Aguila, MD, MBA

Phillip Aguila, MD, MBA (Respiratory medicine, Critical Care)

Dr. Aguila graduated from West Virginia University School of Medicine. He has trained in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at The University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and Internal Medicine at Medical College of Pennsylvania/Hahnemann University at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. He has served as Assistant Professor since 2010.

Eisaku Kamakura, MD

Eisaku Kamakura, MD (Respiratory medicine)

Dr. Kamakura graduated from the Tokyo Medical and Dental University, School of Dentistry, and the Niigata University School of Medicine. He trained at Yokosuka Kyosai Hospital and held positions in the Respiratory Medicine departments at Yokosuka Kyosai Hospital, Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Ome City General Hospital, and Musashino Red Cross Hospital. In 2021, he became the specially appointed assistant professor at the Department of General Medicine, Niigata University School of Medicine.

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