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What is hypersensitivity pneumonitis?

Hypersensitivity pneumonitis is when the lungs become inflamed due to an allergic reaction to inhaling a foreign substance. This can be dust, chemicals, molds, or fungus. It often happens in the workplace to people who have repeated exposure to these foreign substances.

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Is farmer's lung the same as hypersensitivity pneumonitis?
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Farmer’s lung is a term for an allergy to certain molds that are found in hay, and is the most commo...
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Should I talk to my doctor about my hypersensitivity pneumonitis symptoms?
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Yes, talk to your doctor if you have symptoms of hypersensitivity pneumonitis so a diagnosis can be ...
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Why are bird handlers prone to hypersensitivity pneumonitis?
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Bird handlers are exposed to feathers, bird droppings, and many other materials that can lead to hyp...
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What increases my risk for hypersensitivity pneumonitis?
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