What is Alveolitis?
(Symptoms, Causes & Treatment)
Alveolitis is the accumulation of inflammatory and immune effector cells within the alveolar walls and spaces. The name “Alveolitis” can refer to two inflammatory conditions, inflammation of the alveoli in the lungs (alveoli are the small air sacs in the lungs) or the dental alveolus in the jaw (also known as dry socket) which can occur after tooth extraction.
Extrinsic allergic alveolitis (hypersensitivity pneumonitis) is a lung disorder resulting from repeated inhalation of organic dust, usually in a specific occupational setting. According to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, hypersensitivity pneumonitis does not develop on the first day of exposure to animal and vegetable dusts. Repeated and prolonged exposure is necessary. Even then, only some workers develop allergic reactions to the dusts. Ten to forty percent (10 – 40%) of exposed people do not show any symptoms.
Hypersensitivity pneumonitis can show three different types of responses: acute (intense) response, sub-acute (recurrent) response, and chronic (long-term) response. Signs and symptoms will vary between people.
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