The scarring caused by pulmonary fibrosis is permanent. Since the disease progresses over time, it can eventually lead to respiratory failure or heart failure. There is no cure for the disease, but treatments can help reduce the severity of its symptoms and slow its progression.
Pulmonary Fibrosis and many other chronic lung conditions are not curable, but you can benefit from medical treatments that help control their symptoms and slow their progression. To get a helpful treatment, though, it’s important that your physician makes an accurate diagnosis.
Diagnosing pulmonary fibrosis
The first step in diagnosis is to review your symptoms. Many lung diseases share the same symptoms, but the severity of your symptoms and other factors may clue your physician in on the cause of your condition.
The symptoms of pulmonary fibrosis include:
- Persistent dry cough
- Shortness of breath
- Achiness in your muscles and joints
- Clubbing of the fingertips or toes
- Uncontrollable weight loss
Reviewing your symptoms is the base of any diagnosis, but for a complete assessment, a diagnosis will also include some of the following:
- Chest x-ray
- CT scan
- Blood tests
- Pulmonary function tests
Additionally, your physician will need to know about your risk factors for pulmonary fibrosis. The exact cause of pulmonary fibrosis is not always known, but these risk factors are associated with those who develop the disease.
One major risk factor for pulmonary fibrosis is smoking. Smoking is the leading cause of lung disease. If you are a smoker, quitting now will reduce your chances of developing a lung disease like pulmonary fibrosis.
Other factors that increase your chances of developing the pulmonary fibrosis include:
- Being a male – the disease is more common in men than women
- Being a middle – aged adult or senior
- Working in dusty environments or around chemical fumes
- Radiation and chemotherapy drugs
- Genetic predisposition
Treating pulmonary fibrosis
Pulmonary fibrosis cannot be cured, but treatments can help you experience a better quality of life. Once you’ve been accurately diagnosed, treatment can begin.
Many treatments for pulmonary fibrosis include the use of medications and supplemental oxygen. Another treatment that is proven to be effective is Lung Restoration Treatment™.
Lung Restoration Treatment™ is a treatment at the Lung Health Institute that uses your own blood cells to fight lung disease. A small sample of blood is withdrawn and separated into concentrated forms. These are then reintroduced to your bloodstream to help reduce inflammation and manage your symptoms.
Are you suffering from breathing difficulties caused by pulmonary fibrosis? Contact us today to learn more about how Lung Restoration Treatment™ can help you.