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farmer's lung

farmer's lung Causes

Farmer's lung, otherwise referred to as hypersensitivity pneumonitis, happens when a person works in areas where organic dusts, molds, or fungus are highly present. This disease can also occur when humidifiers, air conditioners, and heating systems have substantial presence of fungus. Other times, exposure to specific types of bird droppings can result in farmer's lung.

farmer's lung Definition

Also known as hypersensitivity alveolitis or extrinsic allergic alveolitis, Farmer's Lung is defined as the occupational or environmental lung condition that is common among those who are constantly exposed to moldy crops like corn, grain, hay, and straw.

farmer's lung Diagnosis

Diagnosing this condition involves using a stethoscope to check abnormal sounds from the lungs known as rales (crackles). Chest x-rays may also be performed to find out any changes in the lung caused by recurring hypersensitivity pneumonitis.

farmer's lung Symptoms and Signs

Patients with farmer's lung may experience symptoms such as fever, cough,wheezing, chills, malaise, or shortness of breath. These are typically experience between 4 and 6 hours after exposure to the mentioned triggers.

farmer's lung Treatment

Although there are no dietary restrictions necessary, patients with Farmer's lung may be advised to lessen their activities. The administration of systemic corticosteroid is considered to be the primary method of treatment for this condition.

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