Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Black Mold Lung Disease Treatment

A person with allergic alveolitis must learn how to avoid substances that trigger the illness. When symptoms occur, corticosteroid medications reduce swelling of the air passageways, and reduce the production of mucus that blacks the air passageways. Corticosteroid medications may be given by inhaler, orally or by injection. Most people with allergic alveolitis recover completely, but recovery may take a couple of years. Rarely, a person may develop permanent lung damage that requires life-long treatment.

Treatment options for allergic alveolitis include:


Oral corticosteroids:

Inhaled corticosteroids:

Black Mold Lung Disease Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of allergic alveolitis.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
    • Is surgery an option for me?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • Do I need to stay in the hospital?
    • How long will I be in the hospital?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Do I need to change my diet?
  • Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for having this problem again?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

Black Mold Lung Disease Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat allergic alveolitis:

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Last Updated: Feb 21, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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