Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Fish-Meal Workers Lung Home Care

Home care for allergic alveolitis includes:

  • Avoid substances that trigger allergies.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Avoid exposure to secondary smoke.
  • Ask your doctor if cough medication is right for you.
  • Do not use a vacuum indoors:
    • Ask someone else in your household to vacuum.
    • Use a dust mask if you must vacuum.
  • Avoid food color.
  • Avoid substances that trigger your wheezing
  • Clean heating and cooling ducts in the house.
  • Do not use aerosols or spray cleaners in the bedroom.
  • Install allergy filters in the heating and cooling system:
    • Change them once per month.
  • Place plastic covers over mattresses and pillows.
  • Remove carpeting.
  • Remove stuffed furniture and stuffed animals from the bedroom.
  • Use a dehumidifier to keep humidity below 50 percent.
  • Wash all bed linens in hot water every week.
  • Wear an alert bracelet that identifies your allergies.
  • Do not go outside when it is windy. This increases your exposure to pollen.
  • Do not sleep on upholstered furniture.
  • Do not mow or rake your lawn.
  • Take your medications as directed:
    • Don't skip doses of your medication. This makes them less effective.
    • Avoid running out of your medication. Refill your prescriptions early.
    • Don't stop taking your medication just because you feel better.
    • If you feel worse, talk to your doctor before you stop your medication.
    • Be aware of the common side effects that may be caused by your medication.
    • Do not stop prescription medications without talking to your doctor.

Fish-Meal Workers Lung Warning Signs

Notify your doctor if you have allergic alveolitis and any of the following:

Fish-Meal Workers Lung Wheezing

Home care for mild wheezing in a person with allergic alveolitis includes:

  • Avoid exposure to smoke.
  • Avoid cough medicine.
  • Avoid sedative medications.
  • Avoid substances that trigger wheezing.
  • Drink plenty of liquids to remain hydrated.
  • Place a vaporizer or nebulizer in the bedroom at night.

Home care for those who take medication for wheezing includes:
  • Follow asthma home care instructions.
  • Learn to use prescribed inhalers correctly.
  • Use short-acting inhalers every 20 minutes, or as directed by your doctor.
  • Long-acting medications must be used regularly.
  • Learn to use a peak flow meter.
  • Know the peak flow danger zones.
  • Develop a strategy for using your inhaler based on your PEFR reading
  • Stay calm during a wheezing attack.

Peak Flow Zones:
  • Green Zone:
    • A PEFR reading that is 80-100% of personal best represents good control
  • Yellow Zone:
    • A PEFR reading that is 50-80% of personal best represents a moderate attack
  • Red Zone:
    • A PEFR reading that is less than 50% of personal best represents a severe attack and may identify the need for treatment in an emergency department.

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Last Updated: Nov 29, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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