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What causes farmer's lung?

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It's common for farmers to get this disease from moldy hay and other crops. But you also can get it from dust in things like:

  • Animal dander
  • Bacteria
  • Bark
  • Bird droppings
  • Dried rat urine
  • Feathers
  • Fungi
  • Husks
  • Insects
  • Wood

From: What Is Farmer's Lung? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety: "Farmer's Lung," "Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis (Extrinsic Allergic Alveolitis)."

Farm Safety Association: "Farmer's Lung: It Takes Your Breath Away!"

Canadian Lung Association: "Farmer's Lung."

Medscape: "Farmer's Lung."

Virginia Tech Virginia Cooperative Extension: "Farmer's Lung: Causes and Symptoms of Mold and Dust Induced Respiratory Illness."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on February 24, 2019

SOURCES:

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety: "Farmer's Lung," "Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis (Extrinsic Allergic Alveolitis)."

Farm Safety Association: "Farmer's Lung: It Takes Your Breath Away!"

Canadian Lung Association: "Farmer's Lung."

Medscape: "Farmer's Lung."

Virginia Tech Virginia Cooperative Extension: "Farmer's Lung: Causes and Symptoms of Mold and Dust Induced Respiratory Illness."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on February 24, 2019

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