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.

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What's an alternative chinese herb treatment for pulmonary fibrosis?

Sorry. True hamman-rich pulmonary fibrosis is refractory to treatment, and if some chinese herb worked, the research piranhas at the nih would have snapped it up immediately. "chinese herbs" are unregulated, often not what they're supposed to be, and some are deadly poisons that have produced epidemics of liver failure. I'm sorry about your lung disease but don't make it worse.

What is the treatment for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis?

No good treatemtns. Unfortunately, there are no good, effective treatments for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Many have been tried, such as steroids, anti-inflammatory drugs, and a drug called mucomyst, (acetylcysteine) but the studies done have not shown significant efficacy. Treatment is mainly supportive.
Very little. There are currently no successful therapies for ipf including lung transplantation. Steroids Imuran (azathioprine) and acetlcysteine were tried as a combo therapy with worse survival for the treatment arm. Exercise and oxygen may provide some benefit. Several new drugs are currently in evaluation but none have shown great promise except for marginally slowing the disease process.
Treatment for IPF. Currently there is no approved treatment for IPF. Prednisone is still used but data has failed to change the course of the disease. Several products under trial, pirfenidone has shown some suggestion in the progression of disease not currently approved. Current trials using stem cells is under way. Supportive treatment with oxygen and bronchodilators may be helpful.

What is the treatment for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis?

None effective. Unfortunately there are no effective treatments for ipf. Currently n-acetyl cysteine and perfenidone are being studied, but at this time no effective treatment has been found.
Lung transplant. No effective medical therapy available. The only available treatment is lung transplant. Ask your lung doctor if you are a candidate for lung transplant. Enrolment with clinical trial with pirfenidone or n-acetylcysteine is an option.

My uncle has idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, please suggest treatment?

There aren't many... Unfortunately, there are not many treatments for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis that have been shown to work. Mainly, the focus is on comfort and symptom management. Sometimes, oxygen can be of benefit. I would also get him evaluated for pulmonary rehab. Although there is no cure, there are many people who can live a long time with ipf. It depends on how bad it is. He should def. See a lung doc.

What is Bronchial fibrosis? Is it the same as Pulmonary fibrosis? What is the best treatment for Bronchial fibrosis?

Bronchial fib. Bronchial fibrosis is not a widely used term. It is used to designate asthma (air hyper-reactivity). See: http://journal. Publications. Chestnet. Org/data/Journals/CHEST/21748/45.pdf It is a distinct entity from pulmonary fibrosis and the prognosis is considerably better because asthma is very treatable with bronchodilators and anti-inflammatory drugs.

My doctor diagnosed me with pulmonary fibrosis. Just checking - what's the best treatment.?

Controversial. There is no one definite treatment. One option is a combination of medicines to try to prevent inflammation and scar tissue build up. This is usually a steroid medicine, an immune suppressant called immuran and another agent called n-acetyl cysteine. Since this is not proven to work some patients may enroll in clinical studies and get experimental therapy. Still others may simply be monitored.
Which kind? The treatment depends on the tissue diagnosis for this disease - if it is ipf there is no current treatment outside of a clinical trial (n-acetyl cysteine was found to be harmful). For other subtypes there are treatments available that have been demonstrated to be effective (except for asbestos or silca induced lung disease).