Pulmonary Fibrosis


What is pulmonary fibrosis? Pulmonary fibrosis is the scarring of your lung tissues over time. It is also called interstitial lung disease. The air sacs and tissues in your lungs swell, scars form, and the tissues become thick and stiff. This affects how much oxygen you get and makes it hard to breathe.

What increases my risk for pulmonary fibrosis? The cause of pulmonary fibrosis may not be known. The following may increase your risk:

What are the signs and symptoms of pulmonary fibrosis?

How is pulmonary fibrosis diagnosed? Your healthcare provider will check your oxygen level to see if you need extra oxygen. You may also need any of the following:

How is pulmonary fibrosis treated? There is no cure for pulmonary fibrosis. The goal of treatment is to slow the progress of the disease and treat your symptoms. You may need any of the following:

How can I manage my symptoms?

Where can I find more information?

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

When should I seek immediate care or call 911?


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