Popcorn lung: Things to know
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Popcorn lung is a rare condition that causes airway scarring due to inflammation and eventually lung damage.The most common signs and symptoms of popcorn lung include:wheezing that is not related to another health condition, such as bronchitis or asthma, dry cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing deeply, especially with physical activity, unexplained exhaustion, rapid breathing, persistent skin, eye, mouth, or nose irritation if caused by a chemical.Breathing in harmful chemicals, particles, or toxins can lead to popcorn lung. Food-flavoring fumes produced during the manufacture of candies, potato chips, popcorn, and dairy products, are major culprits.Commonly used diagnostic tests include: Bronchoscopy, Biopsy, Pulmonary function tests (PFT), Computer tomography (CT) scans of the chest.The lung tissue scarring caused by popcorn lung is irreversible. Also, there is no cure for the condition once it has developed and begun constricting the airways.There are treatment options to manage or reduce symptoms and limit further lung damage, which include macrolide antibiotics, steroids, specifically corticosteroids, supplemental oxygen
and a medication called Singulair (montelukast)...

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