What is the best way to deal with a patient with interstitial lung disease?

Depends on the cause. Interstitial lung disease is not one problem, it's many problems with numerous causes. When you know the cause the best thing to do is treat the underlying cause, but when the cause is unknown it's referred to as "idiopathic". Idiopathic interstitial lung diseases are often incurable, and in particular idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis has no treatment. Many are referred for lung transplantation.

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Reason for high fever in interstitial lung disease patients?

Multiple. Infection should be ruled out first. If you are having repeated fevers, without infections, which resolve without any intervention an autoimmune cause of ild should be looked into. Read more...

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

Depends. The etiology if fumes or toxins avoidance. If secondary to collagen vascular disease or others then treat primary condition. In these cass steroids & cytotoxic drugs help or controls the condition but if idiopsthic fibrosis occurs then at present no fda approved drug exists. A study drug is currently been in the works & ifd a natural substance then use nac & a high anti oxidant diet. Read more...
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...

What are the symptoms associated with interstitial lung disease?

Variety. Mainly breathlessness (shortness of breath with exertion/activity). Some patients can also develop swelling of their fingernails known as clubbing (see photo). Read more...

Does anyone know just wha bilaterial interstitial lung disease is?

Lung scarring. Interstitial lung disease comprises several disorders that affect the connective tissue of the lungs and results in loss of surface area where air can interact with blood. Some cases are associated with auto immune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, but many have no known cause and are relentlessly progressive without effective treatment. Read more...

Is there any research in the field of children's interstitial lung disease?

Check resources. This group of rare childhood interstitial lung diseases encompasses many different conditions. Go to http://www.Nih.Gov/health/clinicaltrials/findingatrial.Htm or http://www.Child-foundation.Com/ for more info or to contact a researcher in this field. Read more...

How is interstitial lung disease dianosed?

See below. By history and physical, including your symptoms, occupational and other exposures etc; x-rays and ct scans and pulmonary function tests. You may also need a biopsy. Read more...