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Simple Eosinophilic Pneumonia
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Simple eosinophilic pneumonia is caused by lung inflammation. Eosinophils irritate your lung tissues, making them inflamed and swollen. Eosinophils are white blood cells that your body uses to fight allergies and parasites. Simple eosinophilic pneumonia is also called Loffler syndrome or pulmonary eosinophilia.
Return to the emergency department if:
- Your symptoms are getting worse or coming back.
- You have trouble breathing all of a sudden.
Contact your healthcare provider if:
- You have a fever.
- Your skin is itchy, swollen, or has a rash.
- Your symptoms do not improve with treatment.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
- Medicines may be given to fight a bacterial infection or to open your air passages so you can breathe easier. You may also need medicine to help relieve a cough.
- Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him of her if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
Manage simple eosinophilic pneumonia:
- Clear your airway often. Deep breathing helps open the air passages in your lungs. Coughing helps bring up mucus from your lungs. Take a deep breath and hold the breath as long as you can. Then push the air out of your lungs with a deep, strong cough. Take 10 deep breaths in a row every hour that you are awake. Remember to follow each deep breath with a cough.
- Do not smoke. Nicotine and other chemicals in cigarettes and cigars can cause lung damage. Ask your healthcare provider for information if you currently smoke and need help to quit. E-cigarettes or smokeless tobacco still contain nicotine. Talk to your healthcare provider before you use these products.
- Avoid things that irritate your lungs. Air pollution and smoke from fireplaces or forest fires in your area may also make it harder for you to breathe. Stay inside, or cover your mouth and nose with a scarf when you go outside during cold weather. Do not let anyone smoke around you.
- Drink more liquids. Liquids help keep your air passages moist. Liquids can also help your lungs get rid of germs and other irritants. Ask your healthcare provider how much liquid you should drink each day and which liquids are best for you.
- Get plenty of rest. You may feel like resting more. Slowly start to do more each day. Rest when you feel it is needed.
- Use a cool mist humidifier or vaporizer. These increase air moisture in your home and can make it easier for you to breathe. Wash the humidifier each day with soap and warm water to keep it free from germs. Let the humidifier air dry before you use it again.
- Do not drink alcohol. Alcohol dulls your urge to cough and sneeze. You need to cough and sneeze to clear your air passages. Mucus in your lungs may also become thicker and harder to cough up.
- Ask about flu and pneumonia vaccines. The flu and pneumonia can become serious in a person who has simple eosinophilic pneumonia. Ask your healthcare provider about the flu and pneumonia vaccines. All adults should get the flu (influenza) vaccine every year as soon as it becomes available. The pneumonia vaccine is given to adults aged 65 or older to prevent pneumococcal disease, such as pneumonia. Adults aged 19 to 64 years who are at high risk for pneumococcal disease also should get the pneumococcal vaccine. It may need to be repeated 1 or 5 years later.
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