The word idiopathic in this disease means unknown. This word is used for this disease because many people are unfamiliar with this disease. Why IPF develop? The reasons are still unknown.
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is a lung disease and damages your lungs by making lung tissue stiffer. If you are affected by this disease, it will be difficult for you to breathe naturally.
What Causes IPF?
It may be due to infections, environmental exposures or medications. But still most of the time, doctors are unable to find the cause.
Potential causes may include:
- Pollution and toxins.
- Existing conditions.
- Genetic factors.
- Radiation therapy.
It is labeled as idiopathic if doctors are unable to find the cause.
What are the Symptoms?
It may cause stiffness and scarring in the lungs. Stiffness will get worse over time and breathing will become harder.
Symptoms of IPF:
- Shortness of breath
- Weight Loss
- Chronic Cough
- Chest Discomfort
How This Disease is Cured?
Currently, there is no complete treatment for this disease. But doctors may treat you to protect lungs and reduce symptoms.
Treatment for this disease can slow down the loss of lung function, protect the lungs, and reduce lung inflammation.
For proper treatment and protect your lungs consult your doctor and follow instructions.
You can prevent this disease and protect your lung by taking some precautions and by improving your lifestyle.
- Stop smoking
- Prevent Alchohol
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Eat a healthy and balanced diet
- Keep oxygen saturation in the optimal range