Hi I was wondering if anyone can tell me if you can get walking pneumonia from being exposed to paint fumes. I was painting tues adn wed this week and ended up really sick. I went to the doctor yesterday and they said i have walking pneumonia. The last time i painted i felt bad and lost my voice etc, but nothing this bad. Now i am concerned that if i am exposed to paint again i will be worse. I was wondering if this can happen or maybe just a coincidence?
Hope someone can help. Scotslass
When chemical fumes enter the respiratory tract, they irritate and inflame the lining cells. This is called pneumonitis. These damaged lining cells are also more prone to infection.
The paint fumes provokes a secretion from these cells, which may coalesce and get infected to result in pneumonia.
You should avoid similar exposure in future.
I just got over pleursy, and went back to work and they are painting in the basement of the building I am in, and the fumes are bad, I don't want to irritate my lungs anymore, having an autoimmune disease, (sjogrens syndrome) I dont know if I can return to work, any thoughts??
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