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How do you treat pneumonitis?

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Pneumonitis is when your lungs are irritated or inflamed. Almost anything can cause it, including germs, medication, and allergies. Breathing in harsh chemicals, like bleach, can also bring on the condition.

Typically, when your doctor says pneumonitis, they mean something has irritated your lungs rather than infected them. It happens when tiny air sacs in your lungs, called alveoli, get inflamed and swollen.

Your doctor will try to figure out what’s causing your pneumonitis and then help you to avoid it. That usually helps you get better. If the doctor can’t figure out the cause or your symptoms don’t improve, they may prescribe corticosteroids to lessen an allergic reaction or oxygen therapy to get more oxygen into your blood.

SOURCES:

American Lung Association: “Learn About Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis,” “Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis Symptoms and Diagnosis.”

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety: “Farmer's Lung.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Pneumonitis.”

The Nemours Foundation: “A to Z: Pneumonitis.”

Reviewed by Carmelita Swiner on April 27, 2020

SOURCES:

American Lung Association: “Learn About Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis,” “Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis Symptoms and Diagnosis.”

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety: “Farmer's Lung.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Pneumonitis.”

The Nemours Foundation: “A to Z: Pneumonitis.”

Reviewed by Carmelita Swiner on April 27, 2020

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