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Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis: Treatment

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This information was reviewed and approved by Cecile S. Rose, MD, MPH (7/1/2012).

Treatment involves identifying and avoiding the exposure that is causing the disease.

Some people may need to change jobs if they cannot avoid the exposure at work. 

  • Glucocorticoids such as prednisone that have anti-inflammatory effects may be used to treat severe acute or worsening chronic hypersensitivity pneumonitis.

  • Inhaled steroids such as those used for asthma can sometimes help people with HP.

  • In some cases, immunosuppressive therapies, which decrease the body's immune response, may stabilize or reverse the lung inflammation of HP. 

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