Farmer's Lung

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Farmer's Lung

Farmer's lung is an allergic reaction to hay dust or mold spores or other agricultural products. However, dust from any moldy crop - straw, corn, silage, grain, or even tobacco - can also cause Farmer's Lung. Individuals may develop inflammation which may progress to a potentially dangerous condition. The disease is most common in regions with wet weather at harvest time. Farmer's lung is also more common on dairy farms, especially those not equipped with automated equipment for handling hay or feed. Attacks of farmer's lung occur most often in late winter or early spring when stored hay or grain is used to feed livestock. For people suffering from acute attacks of farmer's lung, the first step in treatment is to avoid further contact with moldy dust. For serious cases, bed rest is recommended and oxygen therapy may be needed to relieve shortness of breath. Certain medications provide relief from an allergic response during acute attacks and make breathing easier. The long-term use of these drugs is not advisable since they can hide the symptoms of farmer's lung without preventing lung damage from re-exposure to moldy dust. No cure exists for people who become hypersensitive to moldy dust. Once people become hypersensitive, they remain hypersensitive for years, perhaps for life.

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The terms "Farmer's Lung" returned 86 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Emphysema in active farmer's lung disease.
 

Author(s): Thibaud Soumagne, Marie-Laure Chardon, Gaël Dournes, Lucie Laurent, Bruno Degano, François Laurent, Jean Charles Dalphin

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Farmer's lung (FL) is a common type of hypersensitivity pneumonitis. It is often considered that fibrosis is the most frequent finding in chronic FL. Nevertheless, three cohort studies have suggested that some patients with chronic FL may develop emphysema. We aimed to evaluate the ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Identification of Antigenic Proteins from Lichtheimia corymbifera for Farmer's Lung Disease Diagnosis.
 

Author(s): Bénédicte Rognon, Coralie Barrera, Michel Monod, Benoit Valot, Sandrine Roussel, Manfredo Quadroni, Stephane Jouneau, Isabelle Court-Fortune, Denis Caillaud, Jean-Marc Fellrath, Jean-Charles Dalphin, Gabriel Reboux, Laurence Millon

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The use of recombinant antigens has been shown to improve both the sensitivity and the standardization of the serological diagnosis of Farmer's lung disease (FLD). The aim of this study was to complete the panel of recombinant antigens available for FLD serodiagnosis with antigens ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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[Farmer's lung antigens in Germany].
 

Author(s): J Sennekamp, M Joest, I Sander, S Engelhart, M Raulf-Heimsoth

Journal: Pneumologie. 2012 May;66(5):297-301.

 

Recent studies suggest that besides the long-known farmer's lung antigen sources Saccharopolyspora rectivirgula (Micropolyspora faeni), Thermoactinomyces vulgaris, and Aspergillus fumigatus, additionally the mold Absidia (Lichtheimia) corymbifera as well as the bacteria Erwinia herbicola ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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The terms "Farmer's Lung" returned 2 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Farmer's Lung Disease. A Review.
 

Author(s): Esteban Cano-Jiménez, Adelaida Acuña, María Isabel Botana, Teresa Hermida, María Guadalupe González, Virginia Leiro, Irene Martín, Sonia Paredes, Pilar Sanjuán

Journal: Arch. Bronconeumol.. 2016 Jun;52(6):321-8.

 

Farmer's lung disease (FLD) is a form of hypersensitivity pneumonitis (HP) caused by inhaling microorganisms from hay or grain stored in conditions of high humidity in the agricultural workplace. It is probably underdiagnosed, especially in northern Spain, where climatic conditions ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Farmer's lung: a review.
 

Author(s): J Watkins-Pitchford

Journal: Br J Ind Med. 1966 Jan;23(1):16-23.

 

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