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My uncle has idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, please suggest treatment?

My uncle has idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, please suggest treatment?

There aren't many...: Unfortunately, there are not many treatments for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis that have been shown to work. Mainly, the focus is on comfort and symptom management. Sometimes, oxygen can be of benefit. I would also get him evaluated for pulmonary rehab. Although there is no cure, there are many people who can live a long time with ipf. It depends on how bad it is. He should def. See a lung doc. ...Read more

Idiopathic (Definition)

An idiopathic medical condition is one of unknown or obscure cause. In some conditions, there may be known causes as well. For example, themajority of glaucoma cases are idiopathic (unknown cause), but there are some cases related to eye ...Read more


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What is the treatment for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis?

What is the treatment for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis?

No good treatemtns: Unfortunately, there are no good, effective treatments for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Many have been tried, such as steroids, anti-inflammatory drugs, and a drug called mucomyst, (acetylcysteine) but the studies done have not shown significant efficacy. Treatment is mainly supportive. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis ?

None effective: Unfortunately there are no effective treatments for ipf. Currently n-acetyl cysteine and perfenidone are being studied, but at this time no effective treatment has been found. ...Read more

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Are there any treatments to cure idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis?

Are there any treatments to cure idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis?

Unfortunately no. : Unfortunately, there is no real cure. There are still attempts to treat symptoms with bronchodilators, and we will give steroids a try, but overall immunosuppressants don't work. If it gets bad enough, transplant is sometimes an option. ...Read more

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How often should I use oxygen if I have idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis?

How often should I use oxygen if I have idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis?

24hr a day: If you need oxygen, your doctor will let you know, usually round the clock. Best is to get a device that measures oxygen level called oximeter, and keep oxygen saturation above 88%. ...Read more

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Please help, how much or how often should I use oxygen if I have idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis?

Please help, how much or how often should I use oxygen if I have idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis?

Depends on level: If your oxygen level, on room air, is over 90% at rest and with walking, you won't need oxygen. In fact, you won't even qualify for oxygen therapy at home until your level goes down to 88%. Thus, simply having that diagnosis of ipf doesn't necessarily mean you will need oxygen. Now, many people with ipf do need oxygen, but it doesn't necessarily need so. ...Read more

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What does it mean when idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis found?

What does it mean when idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis found?

Scarring...: Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis means that there is scarring of the lungs and the underlying reason for the scarring is not known. It is typically a slowly progressive disease, typically over years. At the final stages, consideration of a lung transplant can be made so avoid smoking to insure that you would be a candidate, if it progresses to that stage. ...Read more

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What are the end life symptoms of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis?

Shortness of breath: Progressive shortness of breath and inability to sustain normal o2 levels are common end of life symptoms. Sometimes the right side of the heart fails causing lots of leg swelling and fatigue. ...Read more

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What would being exposed to extreme temperaturesdo to someone with (idiopathic) pulmonary fibrosis?

What would being exposed to extreme temperaturesdo to someone with (idiopathic) pulmonary fibrosis?

Possible: Some people with ipf can get affected by the cold weather. It really depends on the individual. Usually, during the cold weather, the increase in respiratory viruses (especially flu) can cause trouble in patients with any sort of lung disease. But, it really depends on the individual. ...Read more

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
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Pulmonary Fibrosis (Definition)

Pulmonary fibrosis is a lung condition in which there is progressive scarring of the lung tissue. Symptoms include shortness of breath, chest pain, fatigue, ...Read more


Dr. David Hotchkin
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Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (Definition)

Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is a condition of scarring of the lungs with no known cause resulting in worsening cough ...Read more