Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis | American Lung Association

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Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis

Making notes before your visit, as well as taking along a trusted family member or friend, can help you through the appointment with your doctor.

  • I have been diagnosed with hypersensitivity pneumonitis due to an allergy to a workplace dust. Is it safe for me to continue working?
  • Are there any work restrictions that I need to follow?
  • Do I have to give up my pet birds?
  • Should I avoid hot tubs?
  • Can my family members get the disease if I have it?
  • What tests will I need to confirm my diagnosis?
  • How often should I get lung function tests?
  • How often should I get chest X-rays and CT scans?
  • Do I need to be on steroids?
  • Should I use oxygen?
  • Should I continue to receive flu shots and pneumonia shots?
  • Is it safe for me to exercise?
  • Are there any dietary precautions that I need to take?
  • Do I have to take any special precautions for air travel?
  • Where can I find more information about hypersensitivity pneumonitis?

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