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Why are bird handlers prone to hypersensitivity pneumonitis?

Bird handlers are exposed to feathers, bird droppings, and many other materials that can lead to hypersensitivity pneumonitis. This illness also goes by alternative names of bird fancier's lung, pigeon breeder's lung, and hen worker's lung. Not all breeds of birds lead to this disease. Primarily pigeons, chickens, and parakeets are the culprits.

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How do chronic and acute hypersensitivity pneumonitis (HP) differ?
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What is hypersensitivity pneumonitis?
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Should I talk to my doctor about my hypersensitivity pneumonitis symptoms?
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Is hypersensitivity pneumonitis serious?
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