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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.See 1 more doctor answer
Ve been diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis, sometimes I have pain in the breastbone, could it be related to pf?
Not directly...: Pulmonary fibrosis does not cause pain directly but if you are coughing, the cough can lead to musculoskeletal chest wall pain. If the pain is present all the time (not just when coughing or deep breathing), see your doctor to be sure it is not cardiac pain.See 2 more doctor answers
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.See 4 more doctor answers
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.
Could being exposed to extreme temperatures have any effect on someone with (idiopathic) pulmonary fibrosis?
In general no.: Exposure to extremes of temperatures is unlikely to have an effect on ipf per se. Though other physiological effects of extremes of temperature can compound the sense of shortness of breath.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
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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.
Shortness of breath: Could be slowly progressive. Cough, short of breath, dyspnea to effort among the common ones.
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