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What are the symptoms of hypersensitivity pneumonitis?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Symptoms of acute hypersensitivity pneumonitis include fever, chills, cough, generally feeling ill, and shortness of breath. Developing hypersensitivity pneumonitis takes prolonged exposure to a foreign substance. Once the person develops hypersensitivity, the symptoms may occur as long as four to six hours after exposure. Over time, acute hypersensitivity pneumonitis may turn into chronic hypersensitivity pneumonitis. The symptoms for chronic hypersensitivity pneumonitis are coughing, shortness of breath during exertion, loss of appetite, and unintended weight loss.

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