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Sarcoidosis

Sarcoidosis

07/17/2006

Question:

Does the air quality you live in make a differrance meaning living in los angels verses northern calif

Answer:

The cause of sarcoidosis remains unknown, but it is believed that persons with sarcoidosis react abnormally to environmental exposures. Some researchers believe that infections trigger sarcoidosis, and others believe that sarcoidosis may be triggered by non-living particles. For instance, a disease that looks just like sarcoidosis in the lung can be caused by inhaling beryllium, a substance common to certain industries.

Once a person has sarcoidosis, we encourage them to avoid additional injury to the lungs that might occur upon exposure to smoke (e.g., cigarettes) and dust or fumes. Air pollution is known to make asthma worse, but it less clear what effect it has on persons with sarcoidosis. There has been no research article published in this topic. This being said, it is safe to assume that cleaner air is better for the health of your lungs.

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Response by:

Elliott D Crouser, MD Elliott D Crouser, MD
Associate Professor of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University