Farmers Lung (HSE AS5)

What effects does it have?

Short term effects include:

  • irritation of the nose and eyes;
  • acute bronchitis with cough and phlegm;
  • acute farmer's lung with fever, headache, chest tightness, breathlessness and weight loss;
  • acute occupational asthma with chest tightness and wheezing;
  • grain fever with shivering, headache, fever and general aches and pains.

Longer term effects include:

  • chronic bronchitis with cough, phlegm and shortness of breath;
  • chronic farmer's lung with increasing shortness of breath and weight loss;
  • chronic occupational asthma with persistent chest tightness and wheezing;
  • damage to the heart.
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