Many forms of lung disease can result from environmental exposures at work, or in the home, or while pursuing hobbies. Lung disease can also result from drug reactions.

Some of these lung conditions are due to an allergic reaction to proteins or spores or other substances. Others are non-allergic like asbestos-related pleural plaques, pleural thickening, pleural effusion, or a cancer called mesothelioma. Lung fibrosis can also arise from dust exposure and asbestos can do that too – called asbestosis. Reactive airways can result from chlorine or other chemical exposures. Silica, beryllium, welding and galvanising fumes can cause lung disease. These are just some examples.

Dr McAlpine can evaluate for the presence of any lung damage or disease if you, personally, are concerned about breathing problems relating to your environment. Dr McAlpine also assesses people at the request of Occupational Health (OH) specialists when a lung condition is suspected to have arisen from exposures in the work environment.