Exogenous lipoid pneumonia is a very rare form of pneumonia. Pneumonia is caused by in infection in the lungs. Symptoms include coughing, trouble breathing, and coughing up blood. Pneumonia is usually very treatable in children and young adults. Infants and adults over age 65 are at the greatest risk to get very sick.
Exogenous lipoid pneumonia can occur when oily substances are breathed into the lungs. This can happen while oil pulling. Oil pulling is when a person swishes around olive, coconut, or some other oil to clean their mouth of bacteria. Petroleum jelly, olive oil, and sesame oil have all caused exogenous lipoid pneumonia. A doctor can usually diagnose pneumonia very easily. Steroid treatments have been very effective against exogenous lipoid pneumonia. The American Lung Association is a good resource for individuals dealing with this illness. Always speak with your doctor about the best plan of action.
Description Last Updated: May 30, 2018