Patient Comments: Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis - Symptoms

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Comment from: Hoot4444, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: September 05

I'm a 45 year old male that has never smoked in my life. I installed an air conditioner in my home that I used back in high school. Started as a joke because it had been forgotten and left in a Michigan basement for 25 years. We never thought about the consequences of micro bacteria, black mold, as well as other fungi that is pushed into the air through the AC unit. In the last 10 months I've developed a cough, shortness of breath, basically hypersensitivity pneumonia symptoms that my family physician can't seem to cure.

Comment from: losgatoslady, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 25

Hypersensitivity pneumonitis caused terrible, loud, dry cough, shortness of breath, weight loss, and vomiting. I ended up in the hospital on 6 liters of oxygen and prednisone starting at 80 mg and dosing down after 1 month, taking prednisone a total of 3 months. Awful mental health issues with the prednisone, but the doctors told me the inflammation was so severe, I had no choice but to have prednisone therapy. Likely cause was cleaning repeatedly with bleach. I am feeling well, use 2 liters of oxygen while sleeping, but not needed during the day. I am waiting to hear from my doctor about my current diagnosis/prognosis. I am told I have some scarring on my lung, but do not know if my lungs are irreversibly and permanently damaged. Grateful to have had recovery from this awful disease. I wouldn't wish it on anyone, especially going through acute respiratory failure.

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