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What are the treatment options for hypersensitivity pneumonitis?

Treatment for hypersensitivity pneumonitis involves avoiding the substance causing the reaction. If the episode is severe or has developed into chronic hypersensitivity pneumonitis, then corticosteroids may be required to treat inflammation. For many people, exposure to the offending substance occurs on the job. Sometimes, changing jobs is not possible. In that case, treatment includes wearing protective devices such as masks, reducing or eliminating dust in the work environment, and using ventilation systems.

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