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News | 11.19.19

Mysterious Illness Caused by Duvet?

A 43-year-old man in the United Kingdom told his doctor he’d been experiencing fatigue and trouble breathing for three months, even though he didn’t have any pets, according to a case study in BMJ Case Reports published Tuesday.

The doctor diagnosed him with a respiratory infection, but his symptoms got worse.

It wasn’t until the man underwent a CT scan of his lungs a month later that a specialist accurately diagnosed him with hypersensitivity pneumonitis, a condition in which a person’s lung get inflamed from inhaling allergens like dust, fungus, mold, or chemicals, according to the American Lung Association.

In this man’s case, it turned out it was all due to a change in his bedding: He was severely allergic to his new feather duvet and pillows.

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