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What is the prognosis for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis?

What is the prognosis for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis?

Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a lung disease that causes scarring and damage to develop in lung tissue. This disease can inhibit your lungs’ ability to deliver oxygen to the bloodstream, which in turn will affect other organs’ abilities to perform correctly....
Can you survive pulmonary fibrosis?

Can you survive pulmonary fibrosis?

Life expectancy of those who suffer from pulmonary fibrosis Pulmonary fibrosis is a serious disease that can drastically reduce your quality of life when left untreated. It’s difficult to assign an exact amount of time of life expectancy since this depends on many...
How Are X-Rays Used for Lung Disease?

How Are X-Rays Used for Lung Disease?

For patients who think they may have a lung disease, an X-ray is often a doctor’s best tool to determine the condition of your lungs. While listening to your lungs may indicate that there is a shortness in breath or even a mucus build up within the lungs, your doctor...
Rheumatoid Arthritis and Lung Disease

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Lung Disease

As the spotlight grows on Rheumatoid Arthritis over the past several years, researchers have wondered if there is a correlation between this autoimmune disease and chronic lung disease. Does the lack of oxygen in the bloodstream caused by chronic lung conditions lead...
What are the symptoms of lung disease?

What are the symptoms of lung disease?

There are numerous types of lung diseases, including pulmonary fibrosis, bronchitis, emphysema and sarcoidosis, that are caused by a variety of factors, including smoking, radiation, dust, pre-existing conditions and illnesses like the flu and pneumonia that get...
Is fibrosis of the lungs contagious?

Is fibrosis of the lungs contagious?

Fibrosis of the lungs, or pulmonary fibrosis, is a disease that attacks the lungs and causes the tissue within the lungs to be damaged and scarred. As a result of the damage, the lungs become thick; diminishing the functionality of the lungs and causing the patient to...
Is pulmonary fibrosis a terminal illness?

Is pulmonary fibrosis a terminal illness?

Pulmonary fibrosis is a chronic and progressive lung disease in which the alveoli, or the air sacs in the lungs, scar and become stiff, making it very difficult for a person to breathe and pass oxygen through the bloodstream. The prognosis varies depending on a...
Interstitial Lung Disease Alternative Therapy

Interstitial Lung Disease Alternative Therapy

If you have been diagnosed with interstitial lung disease or you know someone who has, then you may be searching for alternative therapies for interstitial lung disease. Interstitial lung disease is the medical label for a broad category of diseases that are...
What Medications Can Cause Pulmonary Fibrosis?

What Medications Can Cause Pulmonary Fibrosis?

A type of interstitial lung disease, pulmonary fibrosis is chronic and can cause permanent scarring or inflammation of lung tissue. This can make it difficult to breathe, as the passageways that carry oxygen to the bloodstream begin to harden and thicken. It can also...
What Causes Pulmonary Fibrosis?

What Causes Pulmonary Fibrosis?

Pulmonary fibrosis is a chronic lung disease that can cause shortness of breath even with minimal activity. Over time, it can lead to permanent inflammation or scarring of lung tissue, thickening and hardening the lung passageways responsible for carrying oxygen into...
Pulmonary Fibrosis Natural Treatment

Pulmonary Fibrosis Natural Treatment

Pulmonary fibrosis is a chronic lung disease that causes scarring in the lungs, thickening and hardening the airways. This can cause shortness of breath even while resting. There is no cure for pulmonary fibrosis, and it does get worse over time. Some common causes of...
Pulmonary Fibrosis Treatment

Pulmonary Fibrosis Treatment

Pulmonary fibrosis treatment ranges from medication and pulmonary rehab to surgery and cellular treatment. Depending on the severity and symptoms of pulmonary fibrosis, certain options may benefit some patients more than others. Pulmonary fibrosis can be caused by a...