Feather Bedding Lead to Severe Breathing Problem in a Man

by Helen Gonzales
Feather Bedding Lead to Severe Breathing Problem in a Man

As winter gets closer, it’s tempting to cuddle up below a chubby feather duvet; it merely feels like a haven. But that might not be the case every time. Sometimes, a warm duvet and soft pillow might harm you. The news is about a 43-year-old man, who had started feeling breathless after replacing regular bedding with a feather one. The change in bedding has resulted in the development of a rare and strange health condition. Reportedly, Martin Taylor, 43, has been diagnosed with a feather-duvet lung. It is a rare disease in which dust from bedding’s feathers results in lung inflammation. The latest care report, published on Monday, demand medical professionals beware if the patient experiences mysterious breathlessness.

The trial, published in BMJ Case Reports, notes Martin had sustained months of sickness, tiredness, and difficulty in breathing. In the beginning, doctors thought Martin had an infection in the lower respiratory tract. After medication, he felt better. Later, the condition got worsened. Martin had started becoming so breathless that he could climb only two stairs at a time. His doctor had recommended seeing a respiratory care clinic urgently. Martin then sought advice from a chest doctor at the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary Owen Dempsey. The doctor one of the co-authors of the study.

The results of lung scans indicate a dotted pattern in the tissues, which seemed like broken glass. Doctors at Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy and Aberdeen Royal Infirmary diagnosed Martin was breathing alarmingly fast. After long-term review and screening, lastly, doctors diagnosed Martin with HP, i.e., hypersensitivity pneumonitis. Tests also revealed his body was generating proteins responding to dust from bird feathers. In the end, doctors found the rare health condition relevant to the new feather-filled bedding. Notably, droppings and feathers of birds are common reasons for hypersensitivity pneumonitis. Later, doctors started steroid therapy and recommended to throw out the featherbedding. Soon, Martin began breathing at a regular pace, and the complexities didn’t return. The doctors said it took six months for him to feel well wholly.

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