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Could some kind of weather help with pulmonary fibrosis?

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.

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Is the british climate be good or bad for pulmonary fibrosis.?

Is the british climate be good or bad for pulmonary fibrosis.?

Neither: Avoid areas with significant air pollution. Otherwise british climate is as good as any.

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Can GERD LPR cause pulmonary fibrosis or any type of lung damage?

Can GERD LPR cause pulmonary fibrosis or any type of lung damage?

Yes: GERD- reflux disease can over time cause lung damage, especially if it combined with aspiration, ie reflux material entering the lungs

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Could having hamsters as pets contribute to pulmonary fibrosis?

Yes: Some people can develope a sensitivity to their pets. This can lead to a condition called hypersensitivity pneumonitis. Untreated this can lead to pulmonary fibrosis.

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Does chest pain mean I could have pulmonary fibrosis?

Does chest pain mean I could have pulmonary fibrosis?

Probably not...: Cheat pain is not a typical symptom of pulmonary fibrosis. See your doctor to evaluate any chest pain so that it can be treated and so cardiac etiologies can be ruled out.

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Could you get pulmonary fibrosis from breathing metal dust?

Could you get pulmonary fibrosis from breathing metal dust?

Pneumoconiosis: There are multiple causes of pulmonary fibrosis. Organic dust inhalation is a possibility, called pneumoconiosis. Causes depend on the exposure agent.

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Ve been diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis, sometimes I have pain in the breastbone, could it be related to pf?

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.

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Does coughing often mean I could have pulmonary fibrosis?

Does coughing often mean I could have pulmonary fibrosis?

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.

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Could you give me straight forward info on pulmonary fibrosis?

Could you give me straight forward info on pulmonary fibrosis?

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.

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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.

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How could mitral stenosis be complicated by pulmonary fibrosis?

How could mitral stenosis be complicated by pulmonary fibrosis?

Can't fix it: The two conditions are separate but both lead to similar symptoms. So fixing the mitral valve might not resolve the symptoms as anticipated. Fixing the valve is also made riskier by the lung problem. So one complicates the other.

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Could pulmonary fibrosis spread from one lung to a health lung?

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.

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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?

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?

Weird: Pulmonary fibrosis is diagnosed with ct and pulmonary function testing. Mri would be quite unusual, and five years ago? He would be in big trouble by now. Time to see a lung specialist!

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What can cause pulmonary fibrosis?

What can cause pulmonary fibrosis?

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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How does pulmonary fibrosis affect a person?

Difficulty breathing: It can lead to restrictive lung pattern with progressive worsening of dyspnea with pulmonary hypertension and secondary right sided heart failure.

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Which symptoms do you have for pulmonary fibrosis?

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.

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What symptoms can you have for pulmonary fibrosis?

Shortness of breath: Could be slowly progressive. Cough, short of breath, dyspnea to effort among the common ones.

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