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What is chronic farmer's lung?

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Chronic farmer's lung happens after you've had many acute attacks and are around large amounts of moldy dust often. When you reach this point, your lungs may have permanent damage. Symptoms include:

  • Cough that won't go away
  • Depression
  • General aches and pains
  • Night sweats
  • No appetite and gradual weight loss
  • Occasional fever
  • Shortness of breath that gets worse over time
  • Weakness and loss of energy

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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