What is it?
Pulmonary fibrosis is a condition in which the tissue deep in the lungs becomes scarred over time. This tissue gets thick and stiff. This makes it difficult to breathe. It can prevent your body from getting enough oxygen and eventually can lead to respiratory failure, heart failure, or other complications.
What are the symptoms?
- Shortness of breath
- A dry, hacking cough that doesn’t get better
- Weight loss for no known reason
- Aching muscles and joints
- Clubbing, which is the widening and rounding of the tips of the fingers or toes
- exercise regularly and stay as fit as you can. Follow an exercise plan developed with your doctor’s guidance
- eat a healthy, well balanced diet
- make sure you get the annual flu jab and one-off pneumococcal vaccination – these infections can be more serious if you have a lung condition
- try to keep away from people with chest infections and colds whenever possible.
- Get adequate rest wear a face mask or other breathing device if you work in an environment with harmful chemicals
- stopping smoking if you smoke
- You should avoid secondhand smoke
- avoid excess stress.
Things to watch out for
There is no cure for pulmonary fibrosis. The main treatment is to lessen severity of symptoms and slow down the progression of the disease. Contact your GP for available treatment options.