For three months, a 43-year-old man in Scotland felt sick and tired and often suffered from shortness of breath without relief. He sought medical help and was subsequently diagnosed with lower respiratory tract infection. At first his symptoms subsided – breathing became a little easier and he felt less tired. But a month later his health deteriorated. Further analysis led to the diagnosis of an unusual but very real condition.
When his feelings of discomfort, tiredness and shortness of breath returned, the man unidentified in a report published on Monday in BMJ Case Reports was forced to take 14 days off. At the time, he even had trouble breathing, as he walked between the rooms of his house, as the authors reported.
THE PALMS OF THE WOMAN LEAD TO ADJUSTING DIAGNOSIS One of the pulmonary physicians at the infirmary, dr. Owen Dempsey, reviewed the patient's history and called him. On the phone "the patient sounded alarming tachypnoeic" or breathed quickly, according to the report.
Dempsey asked the man questions as if he had any pets (he did, a dog and a cat), and when he was exposed to mold (there was something in the bathroom, over the shower and the window). But when asked if he had been exposed to birds or slept on duvets, the man said yes to the latter. By the time he fell ill, the patient and his wife, according to the report, had switched from synthetic linens to feather quilts and feather pillows.
The man returned to the hospital for further examination. A more accurate CT scan showed that his lungs were inflamed, while blood tests showed he had developed antibodies against dust from geese or duck feathers, which are commonly used in down comforters such as comforters, pillows, winter coats, and more.
The patient was subsequently diagnosed with "feather lung," a condition associated with hypersensitivity pneumonitis, which causes her lungs to be an allergic reaction to inhaled dust, fungus, mold, or Chemicals "According to the American Lung Association.
The man was prescribed steroids and he changed his new bedding for a set of hypoallergenic material.
" His symptoms improved rapidly within the first month, even before being treated with oral corticosteroids "Doctors wrote in the report." Half a year later, the man felt "completely at ease."
The patient's case serves as an important reminder to doctors to "have truly detailed stories" about the people they treat Dempsey vs. Live Science.
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"On the That way, they can uncover things in the environment that cause lung disease, "he added. This does not mean that people who own down products should eliminate them.
But, Dempsey added, The New York Times: "If you have difficulty in breathing or coughing and do not calm down within a few weeks of buying duvets, you should tell a doctor."