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Could Some Kind Of Weather Help With Pulmonary Fibrosis
No: Weather does not make a difference for pulmonary fibrosis. Altitude does. In pulmonary fibrosis it is harder for oxygen to cross into the bloodstream. Higher altitudes have lower oxygen pressure compounding the problem. Ultimately, living at lower altitudes does not affect survival or the course of the disease. ...Read more
Pneumoconiosis: There are multiple causes of pulmonary fibrosis. Organic dust inhalation is a possibility, called pneumoconiosis. Causes depend on the exposure agent. ...Read more
Ve been diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis, sometimes I have pain in the breastbone, could it be related to pf?
No: Doctors have a saying, "if you are standing on a plain in colorado and you hear hoof beats, don't turn around expecting to see zebras." there are so many other conditions which are more common that I would suspect to cause a cough. Infections like colds and bronchitis when coughing for a week to a month. Asthma or chronic bronchitis when months to years. Others can be found with xrays etc. ...Read more
Scars: In nflammation from any cause in so much area of the lung, inflammatory cells recruit the fibrocytes (scar cells). These cells lay down fibers to wall of the inflammations but because there is diffuse inflammation, they end up laying down fiber in the interstitial spaces in may areas. It thickens the areas in between the air sacs and the blood vessels. That is fibrosis, if limited area it's scar. ...Read more
Both are affected: Normally, in pulmonary fibrosis both lungs are affected at the tissue level. The x-ray can show one lung more affected than the other. Confusion can occur when a doctor calls an old scar pulmonary fibrosis. In these cases, there should be no further progression of the scarring. ...Read more
Could dairy affect respiratory function in people with respiratory diseases like pulmonary fibrosis?
No: Unless dairy is aspirated there is no evidence dairy affects pulm fibrosis function. ...Read more
My husband's MRI results said ild / pulmonary fibrosis. But he's not coughing and is in good health. He had the MRI 5 yrs ago. Could it be wrong?
Scarred Lungs: Pulmonary fibrosis is essentially scarring of the lungs. There are many different causes for the lungs to scar. The disease can be a long-term chronic problem however in certain cases if the underlying cause of scarring is not addressed, it can be fatal. Furthermore, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is almost uniformly fatal. Lung transplantation may be a final resort. ...Read more
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Shortness of Breath:
Mainly, patients with pulmonary fibrosis have shortness of breath. Some can get low oxygen levels. Others can also have an unrelenting cough. The thing is, however, this greatly depends on how severe the pulmonary fibrosis (or scarring) is.
If you have only mild scarring, you can have no symptoms at all. The best way to find out how much it has affected you is to do a lung function test. ...Read more
Symptoms can always get better and worse.
Symptoms will vary depending on multiple factors. It does not mean the pulmonary fibrosis is getting better or worse, but how the other organs in your body react to the situations of the day. ...Read more
Depends: It really depends on how much fibrosis there is present and what the underlying cause of the pulmonary fibrosis is. ...Read more
Pulmonary fibrosis: All depends on severity of the illness and etiologies. Healthy lifestyle with exercise. Need to monitor disease for progression. Important is to seek expert opinion and follow up. ...Read more
Most likely it is something else.
Check with your lung doc. ...Read more
Lung condition: Ipf is a dangerous condition where scar tissue replaces normal lung tissue choking off normal air units and causing breathlessness. It is a progressive disease with no effective treatment at present. ...Read more