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Interstitial Lung Disease Is 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Large group...: Interstitial lung disease is a large group of diseases in which the lungs get filled with scarring, or cells, or fluid, or other substances. The causes are largely unknown, but sometimes they can be caused by smoking. They do have treatments, and he should ideally be followed by a lung specialist. Good luck! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Many diseases: Interstitial lung disease (ild) is a term used to describe many different diseases that affect the lung tissue, or alveolar spaces (as opposed to the airways, like asthma and bronchitis). These diseases have literally dozens of causes, and nearly as many names. By far the most common is "pulmonary fibrosis", itself a name for what is probably many different diseases. If this is confusing... ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Limited: A drug called n-acetyl cysteine in doses of 200 mg three times daily may be of benefit, but has not been validated in large studies. Supplemental oxygen may be helpful for patients already low in oxygen saturation. Getting an oximeter from walgreens or rei may help determine your oxygen level. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Connective tissue: The lung has interstital tissue which connects and hold the lungs together like a net. The bronchial tubes connect to the air sacs. Oxygen must pass through the bronchial tubes, air sacs and interstitium to oxygenate the blood. In ild the insterstitum becomes inflamed and scarred due to inhaled substances, drugs, arthritis, infection, cancer, or unknown -- can lead to decreased oxygen level. ...Read more
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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