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What's the likelihood of long term antibiotic prophylaxis resulting in pulmonary fibrosis with Nitrofurantoin? Mom's getting sequentially recurrentuti

What's the likelihood of long term antibiotic prophylaxis resulting in pulmonary fibrosis with Nitrofurantoin? Mom's getting sequentially recurrentuti

Pulmonary fibrosis : Pulmonary fibrosis due to nitrofurantoin is rare, about less than 1% reported in literature, but risk increases with age of patient and other medical condition. Symptoms may start to develop after 6 months of treatment. Usually fatigue, dry cough and shortness of breath without fever. Stop the nitrofurantoin if these symptoms develop and see a physician immediately ...Read more

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Breathing is the way we take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide (co2) through out lungs. When our lungs expand we take fresh air in that contains oxygen and then when our lungs ...Read more


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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. ...Read more

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Father suffering from pulmonary fibrosis having cough and short breathing during cough. Is there any medication for pulmonary fibros.

Father suffering from pulmonary fibrosis having cough and short breathing during cough. Is there any medication for pulmonary fibros.

Unfortunately no: In europe, perferidone has been approved, but the fda did not approve the medication in the usa with the same data. Thus, physicians try to treat the symptoms and at times try immunosuppressive medications to help our patients. ...Read more

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How does one get pulmonary fibrosis? Is it genetic?

How does one get pulmonary fibrosis? Is it genetic?

Unknown: At this time it is not known how pulmonary fibrosis occurs. It seems as if it is abnormal healing of the lungs resulting in an overgrowth of "scar tissue" from cells in the body known as fibroblasts. Approximately 1-2% of all fibrosis patients have familial pulmonary fibrosis (genetic cause) so it is rare to have other patients with the illness in your family. ...Read more

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When you have pulmonary fibrosis can it get to cancer?

When you have pulmonary fibrosis can it get to cancer?

Not usually: Pulmonary fibrosis has a number of subsets or types. They are usually diseases that cause shortness of breath and difficulty with air exchange. They are not, per se, a risk factor for getting a malignancy or cancer. ...Read more

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Will pulmonary fibrosis kill me if I don't get treatment?

Will pulmonary fibrosis kill me if I don't get treatment?

Depends: It depends on why you have pulmonary fibrosis. Some variants respond to therapy, and others have no known effective therapy, and others still respond to removal of the source of irritation that caused it. Your pulmonologist should help determine the kind of fibrosis you have (through history, examination, a ct scan and then possibly a biopsy of the lung) and then direct therapy. ...Read more

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I have gerd and I get microaspiration after meals is it likely I'm going to get pulmonary fibrosis by 40?

I have gerd and I get microaspiration after meals is it likely I'm going to get pulmonary fibrosis by 40?

Pulmonary fibrosis: Pulmonary fibrosis can be of unknown cause or occur from inflammatory processes that have occurred in the lungs. I don't think that chronic gerd is a cause of true pulmonary fibrosis in the absence of recurrent bronchopneumonia. I think you should be under the care of a gastroenterologist in view of gerd to prevent esophageal damage,chronic cough for example. ...Read more

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Does pulmonary fibrosis get worse over time?

Does pulmonary fibrosis get worse over time?

Yes: As the disease progreses air exchange is lessenend you would feel short of breath. In addition pressure at the pulmonary vasculature increases a commonly used agent is Revatio which is sildefanil (viagra) used for erectile dysfuction. . Decreses pulmonary vessel pressure. Avoidance of smoke and other inhaled irritants is paramount ! ...Read more

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Is it likely I will get pulmonary fibrosis I have gerd and get microaspiration after eating ?

Is it likely I will get pulmonary fibrosis I have gerd and get microaspiration after eating ?

Controversial: Not usual, as we do not know about the reasons for pulmonary fibrosis. PF etiology is still unclear. Great question anyway. You want to check with your lung specialist doc, ...Read more

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I have SLE Lupus and pulmonary fibrosis. Is there a way to get rid of the cough. I use oxygen, take prednisone, cellcept, (mycophenolate mofetil) antimalarial meds.

I have SLE Lupus and pulmonary fibrosis. Is there a way to get rid of the cough. I use oxygen, take prednisone, cellcept, (mycophenolate mofetil) antimalarial meds.

Could not help much: I am sorry to tell unfortunately ,with the SLE and pulm. fibrosis bec. of the lung scarring you have this cough which couldn't be helped much . Supressing cough with medicines like codeine linctus help in heart failure patients ,but in ur case ,should not precipitate infections by suppressing cough. If you are on medicatio like lisinopril for HTN/kidney dz from lupus , it can also contribute ...Read more

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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, dont 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

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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. ...Read more

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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

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Pulmonary Fibrosis (Definition)

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


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