An inflammatory process affecting the lung parenchyma. It is a milder form of lung inflammation compared to pneumonia.

Symptoms of Pneumonitis

The following features are indicative of Pneumonitis:
  • shortness of breath
  • cough
  • fatigue
  • loss of appetite
  • unintentional weight loss
It is possible that Pneumonitis shows no physical symptoms and still is present in a patient.

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Common Causes of Pneumonitis

The following are the most common causes of Pneumonitis:
  • repeated exposure to molds and bacteria
  • exposure to feathers of birds
  • exposure to radiation treatment

Risk Factors for Pneumonitis

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Pneumonitis:
  • poultry workers
  • farming activities
  • breeding of birds
  • moldy conditions in hot tubs
  • use of home humidifiers

Prevention of Pneumonitis

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Pneumonitis. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • wear pollen mask
  • use of personal dust respirator

Occurrence of Pneumonitis

Number of Cases

The following are the number of Pneumonitis cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Very common > 10 Million cases

Common Age Group

Pneumonitis can occur at any age.

Common Gender

Pneumonitis can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Pneumonitis

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Pneumonitis:
  • Chest X-ray examination: To diagnose the entire section of lungs
  • Spirometry: Measures the amount of inhaled air and exhaled air in a specific period of time
  • Bronchoscopy: To view airways and collect samples from lungs

Doctor for Diagnosis of Pneumonitis

Patients should visit the following specialists if they have symptoms of Pneumonitis:
  • Pulmonologist

Complications of Pneumonitis if untreated

Yes, Pneumonitis causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Pneumonitis is left untreated:
  • pulmonary fibrosis
  • right heart failure

Self-care for Pneumonitis

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Pneumonitis:
  • Wear pollen mask: Prevents irritation of lungs from pollen grains and dust particles

Time for Treatment of Pneumonitis

While time-period of treatment for each patient may vary, below is the typical time-period for Pneumonitis to resolve if treated properly under an expert supervision:
  • In 1 - 4 weeks

Last updated date

This page was last updated on 11/02/2020.
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