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Dr. Loki Skylizard
98 doctors shared insights

Interstitial Lung Disease (Overview)

Interstitial lung disease is a term used to describe any lung disease that damages the tissue surrounding the small air sacs of the lung. It can be caused by inhaled particles such as asbestos, or may be a toxic reaction to certain medications. It can also arise spontaneously.


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Is chronic interstitial lung disease? Reversible?

Is chronic interstitial lung disease? Reversible?

No: It is a progressive disease with no known effective treatment to reverse the process. ...Read more

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Dr. Loki Skylizard
98 doctors shared insights

Interstitial Lung Disease (Overview)

Interstitial lung disease is a term used to describe any lung disease that damages the tissue surrounding the small air sacs of the lung. It can be caused by inhaled particles such as asbestos, or may be a toxic reaction to certain medications. It can also arise spontaneously.


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How quickly does interstitial lung disease progress?

How quickly does interstitial lung disease progress?

Variable: One of the curious things about interstitial lung disease is its variability. In the worst cases the fibrosis can progress over just a few months. For most people it progresses over several years. In some cases it is quiet for long periods of time with intermittent worsening episodes that cause progression. While no current treatment slows the disease, much research is being done. ...Read more

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Living with Coronary Artery Disease (Checklist)

Take meds as prescribed
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Exercise daily as recommended by your doctor or trainer
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Limit meat, dairy, and fats as much as possible
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Eat whole grains only - not white bread
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What symptoms would suggest interstitial lung disease?

Depends: Mainly shortness of breath, less exercise tolerance, chronic dry cough and weakness. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of interstitial lung disease?

What are the symptoms of interstitial lung disease?

Shortness of breath : Typically, interstitial lung disease causes shortness of breath. It can also cause low oxygen, weakness, fatigue, cough, wheezing. Or, it can cause no symptoms at all. There are numerous causes for this disorder, and some can be treated adequately. So, if you think you have ild, it is important to get checked out right away. ...Read more

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Managing Peripheral Vascular Disease (Checklist)

Try to continue walking
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Make sure risk factors are addressed (blood pressure, cholesterol)
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Inspect your feet daily -- call your MD with any wounds
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What does it mean to have interstitial lung disease? Is it curable?

What does it mean to have interstitial lung disease? Is it curable?

Many causes: Interstitial lung disease is a thickening of the skeleton structure that supports airsacs (alveoli) in the lungs. There are many causes of interstitial lung disease (rheumatic illness, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, radiation damage, infection). It is not possible to say whether the disease is curable because interstitial lung disease is an "umbrella" term that covers many diseases. ...Read more

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Living with Lyme Disease (Checklist)

Consult an infectious disease doctor.
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Treat symptoms
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See a specialist to treat the area where the symptoms are worst
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What is best to treat of interstitial lung disease & fibrosis?

What is best  to treat of interstitial lung disease & fibrosis?

Depends on the cause: There are different causes of ild. Depending on what is the type of lung damage, there may be different treatments. You need to be seen by someone who works on ild. You are close to one of the best ild programs in the world. If you can, i would go and ask them for an opinion. ...Read more

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Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


Dr. Klaus D Lessnau
2,012 doctors shared insights

Lung Diseases (Definition)

Lung diseases are diseases that interfere with the lung's ability to exchange oxygen. They includes genetic diseases, infections, ...Read more