|Hypersensitivity pneumonitis (HP) is a form of inflammatory lung disease mediated by inhaled allergen(s) and can progress to disabling or fatal lung disease. A number of different types of mold (fungi) and bacteria can trigger HP- as can exposure to birds, dusty food items such as flour and other types of dust.|
Samples from the bagpipes revealed large number of molds (fungi) including Paecilomyces variotti, Fusarium oxysporum, Penicillium species, Rhodotorula mucilaginosa, Trichosporon, pink yeast, and Exophilia dermatidi. Earlier case studies were reported of musicians developing hypersensitivity pneumonitis after playing a saxophone and trombone contaminated with mold. Fortunately, these 2 cases recovered after cleaning the instruments with detergent or 91% isopropyl alcohol. Keeping wind instruments clean and dry is critical for preventing growth of mold and bacteria on wind instruments.
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