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.
I wish. There is currently no evidence that this will make any difference.
Neither. Avoid areas with significant air pollution. Otherwise british climate is as good as any.
Neither. Poor air quality may have a negative impact on pts with pulmonary fibrosis. However the disease is seen in all climates and except for extremes of climate does not adversely affect 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.
Highly unlikely. Never heard of it. However, if this is a new connection, do not hesitate to investigate.
Unlikely. Allergies are more likely. Pulmonary fibrosis could possibly occur from hypersensitivity pneumonitis, but this hasn't been described.
Not likely. Pulmonary fibrosis is a relatively rare disease. Chest pain is much more likely to be of a benign cause--musculoskeletal pain or something else. However, if you're having chest pain, you should really discuss that with your physician as we would want to be sure it's not your heart causing the pain.
Not likely. Chest pain has so many more common causes such as GERD or coronary artery disease. Pulmonary fibrosis is going to present more with feeling short of breath with exertion because less and less of the lung tissue is available for transfer of oxygen to the blood.
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.
Yes. Plenty of metals and other environmental toxins can do it.
Yes. Heavy metal inhalation has been associated with pneumoconiosis which is fibrosis from inhalation of fine dust including heavy metals. Proper precautions according to osha guidelines wearing airway protection can prevent this.
Pneumoconiosis. There are multiple causes of pulmonary fibrosis. Organic dust inhalation is a possibility, called pneumoconiosis. Causes depend on the exposure agent.
Ve been diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis, sometimes I have pain in the breastbone, could it be related to pf?
It may be. But the substernal pain may also indicate some heart issue which are common with pulmonary fibrosis especial diastolic dysfunction, but atypical chest pain related to the fibrosis also can occur. Suggest you have it looked at by a physcian.
Unlikely. Pulmonary fibrosis/ ipf is usually a painless process. Breastbone pain in the illness is usually associated with muscle pain from the chronic dry cough that accompanies ipf. If your fibrosis is secondary to an underlying arthritis like rheumatoid your breast bone pain could be secondary to inflammation in the join between the manubrium and the sternum (two individual bones of the breastbone).
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.
No. Coughing frequently is not a specific indicator of pulmonary fibrosis. Persistent coughing is more likely due to allergies, asthma, copd, or respiratory infection. These conditions are far more common than pulmonary fibrosis, and fortunately much more treatable.
No. Coughing can be a sign of anything, and is not specific to pulmonary fibrosis.
No. Common things are common and the most common causes for cough are: 1) post-nasal drip, 2) asthma, 3) gerd. The incidence of pulmonary fibrosis is less than 20 out of 100, 000 people. Shortness of breath morseso than coughing is associated with pulmonary fibrosis. Also, you need to consider what chronic inflammatory processes or environmental agents (i.e., asbestos) you may have been exposed to.
No. There are more straight forward and common causes of a chronic cough, such as gerd, allergies and asthma, so pulmonary fibrosis, while on the list, should not be the first thought.
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.
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.