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Glossary for Farmer's lung

  • Allergy-like conditions: Medical conditions with similar effects to those of allergies.
  • Breathing difficulties: Various types of breathing difficulty (dyspnea).
  • Chest conditions: Any condition affecting the chest
  • Chronic Bronchitis: Chronic bronchitis is a chronic inflammation of the bronchi (medium-size airways) in the lungs.
  • Coal worker's pneumoconiosis: A lung disease caused by breathing in coal dust. The condition is generally associated with employees in the coal industry. Symptoms usually resolve when exposure to coal dust stops.
  • Conditions involving a pathogen: Medical conditions involving some type of pathogen, such as a virus or bacteria.
  • Cor pulmonale: Enlarged heart due to respiratory difficulty.
  • Cough: The noise produced from the sudden expulsion of air from the lungs
  • Cyanosis: Blueness or purple coloring of skin.
  • Emphysema: Emphysema is a type of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It is defined as an abnormal, permanent enlargement of the air spaces distal to the terminal bronchioles accompanied by destruction of their walls and without obvious fibrosis.
  • Fever: Elevation of the body temperature above the normal 37 degrees celsius
  • Fungal infections: Any condition caused by fungus.
  • Immune disorders: Disorders that affect the immune system
  • Increased number of white blood cells in blood: Increased number of white blood cells in blood refers to an increase in the amount of white blood cells, cells in the blood that fight infection and potentially dangerous foreign substances in the body.
  • Lung conditions: Various conditions affecting the lungs or related airways.
  • Malaise: General feelings of discomfort or being ill-at-ease.
  • Pneumoconiosis: A lung disease caused by breathing in air contaminated with particles of dust such as coal, kaolin, asbestos and talc. It is generally an occupation disease where people are exposed to the contaminated air for prolonged periods of time. Generally symptoms stop once the exposure ceases.
  • Pulmonary fibrosis: A scarring condition that affects the lungs
  • Respiratory conditions: Any condition that affects the respiratory system
  • Work-related conditions: Medical conditions related to a person's work or occupation, such as workplace chemical exposures.

 

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