What is included in patient education about mold-related extrinsic allergic alveolitis (EAA)?

Updated: Sep 18, 2017
  • Author: Shih-Wen Huang, MD; Chief Editor: Harumi Jyonouchi, MD  more...
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This group of patients becomes sensitized against a mold or molds in the work environment exclusively through exposure. The list of fungi includes thermophilic actinomycetes and Alternaria, Aspergillus, Aureobasidium, Cephalosporium, Cryptostroma, Mucor, Penicillium, Saccharomonospora, Streptomyces, Sporobolomyces, and Trichosporon species.

Individuals should be educated that in some professions they may develop precipitin antibodies against fungi along with abnormal pulmonary function tests or radiographic findings suggestive of mold-related disease even though they are still asymptomatic. These patients, especially those with symptoms in a particular environment, require regular checkups.

For excellent patient education resources, see eMedicineHealth's Asthma Center. Also, visit eMedicineHealth's patient education articles, Asthma, Asthma FAQ, Occupational Asthma, and Asthma Medications.


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