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What are the causes of Hypersensitive pneumonia ?

I have been diagnosed with Hypersensitive pneumonia. Is it possible it could have been caused from water that was sitting in the ceiling and building up for we don't know how long but actually came through the ceiling and fell in. I worked in the building for that night a few hours and then every morning for the week or more that they were drying out and removing old pieces of ceiling and replacing new ceiling. There were fans and heaters in there the whole time. That was a year ago, however I have been being treated for the last few months for bronchial asthma (which I have a history of) and nothing was touching it so Cat scan now shows HP...Could this be the cause?
Asked On : Thu, 9 Jan 2014
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Hello and welcome to HCM,
Hypersensitivity is a condition characterized by inflammation of the lung tissue (or lung parenchyma).
Pneumonia can occur due to multiple causes.
Infection with bacteria. virus, fungus etc is the most common cause.
Hypersensitivity is aless frequent ut a common cause of pneumonia or pnemonitis.
Since, you have a history of asthma, you already have a disease of hypersensitivity.
Asthma occurs due to increased responsiveness or hypersensitivity to the environmental allergens.
You are prone to other hypersensitivity disorders.
As you have mentioned that you were working in an environment where there was an exposure to allergens (old ceiling), there is every possibility that you have developed hypersensitivity pneumonitis due to exposure to the old ceiling.
Now you need to take treatment for hypersensitivity pneumonitis along with asthma.
Consult a pulmonologist for further management.
You need to avoid contact with environmental allergens in future as far as possible.

Thanks and take care
Dr Shailja P Wahal
Answered: Thu, 9 Jan 2014
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