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Interstitial Lung Disease Spotlight

Interstitial Lung Disease Spotlight

Living with a chronic health condition, such as lung disease, can be challenging. From navigating the healthcare industry to understanding your condition, it’s difficult to stay informed. To help you stay proactive in managing your health, we’ve broken down the facts about interstitial lung disease.

Interstitial Lung Disease Spotlight: What is interstitial lung disease?

Interstitial lung disease describes a group of disorders characterized by progressive scarring of the lung tissue between and supporting the air sacs. The scarring associated with interstitial lung disease can cause progressive lung stiffness, which can affect your ability to breathe and get enough oxygen into your bloodstream.

What are the causes and symptoms of interstitial lung disease?

The causes of interstitial lung disease are categorized into known and unknown causes. The most common known causes include autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, exposure to occupational and organic hazards like coal dust, certain medications and radiation. However, interstitial lung disease of unknown cause is called idiopathic, and the most common form of idiopathic interstitial lung disease is pulmonary fibrosis.

Because interstitial lung disease is a term used to categorize a group of disorders, disease symptoms vary based on the individual condition. Symptoms typically develop gradually and worsen over time. Some of the more common symptoms are shared by all interstitial lung diseases, such as shortness of breath.

Interstitial Lung Disease Symptoms:

  • Dry cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Weight loss
  • Acute pneumonia
  • Joint pain
  • Fatigue
  • Cyanosis
  • Abnormal enlargement of the fingernail base
  • High blood pressure (in certain cases)
  • Heart failure (in certain cases)

What are the current treatments for interstitial lung disease?

Interstitial Lung Disease Spotlight

The scarring of the lungs caused by interstitial lung disease is often irreversible. While some treatments may improve symptoms temporarily or slow down the progression of the disease, it’s important to remember that interstitial lung disease is chronic and progressive. However, there are steps you can take to help yourself feel better.

Your doctor may prescribe medications to help manage the underlying cause of the disease, such as anti-inflammatories or anti-fibrotics. Some doctors may prescribe oxygen therapy to help you receive enough oxygen into your bloodstream. Because having enough blood oxygen is essential to a properly functioning body, oxygen therapy could help you improve your blood oxygen levels. In certain cases, some physicians may recommend a lung transplant.

With advancements in medical technologies, more treatment options have become available to help promote healing within the lungs. Some people with interstitial lung disease have benefited from cellular therapy at the Lung Institute. Because cells act as the body’s healing system, the body alerts these cells when they are needed. Then the body sends them to the place in the body that needs repair. However, cells are slow to react. In the body of someone with a chronic illness, they are even slower. The physicians at the Lung Institute realized this and developed a procedure to help cells do their job more efficiently.

How do I learn more about cellular therapy for interstitial lung disease at the Lung Institute?

We hope that learning the interstitial lung disease facts help you feel more informed about your condition. We understand how challenging navigating life can be for someone with a chronic lung disease. If you’re ready to learn more about cellular therapy options for people with chronic lung diseases at the Lung Institute, feel free to contact us today at (800) 729-3065 to speak with a patient coordinator.


  1. PB

    2 years ago

    Dear Gwen,

    Thanks for your comment and questions. Before starting or changing your current exercise plan or treatment plan, it’s important to talk with your doctor. At your next appointment, ask your doctor which exercises and breathing exercises he or she recommends for you. Here are a couple of breathing exercises you can talk to your doctor about before you try them. You can also ask your doctor about clinical trials in your area or clinical trials you can try. Because your doctor knows you and your health well, he or she will be able to best guide you about clinical trials and exercises. We wish you the best.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  2. gwen Johnson

    2 years ago

    Are there lung exercises that also help bebuild ling strength? 7k or more is more money than I have I couldnt get a cash loan being on ssi im 52 and have extreme difficulty with my lings since the age of 16yrs old they would automatically collapse usually 100% they said it was from my montly cycle. Now ive managed to find tabbacco stupid I know but ive tried everything chantex 3times alone. So my question is there exercises that can also help me? Or can you help me find ppl that are looking for patients for research im willing to participate in research? Are there such things a medical scholarships? I need help or led in the right direction.

  3. PB

    2 years ago

    Dear David,

    Unfortunately, at this time, insurance companies don’t cover treatment. However, we’re hopeful that treatment will be covered by insurance companies in the near future. Keep in mind that it will take some time before the insurance companies see a financial benefit in their favor and then decide to cover it. Treatment cost varies depending on treatment type. In the meantime, you and your wife can learn more about cellular treatment options and have your questions answered by one of our patient coordinators. Feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 for more information. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  4. david marrocco

    2 years ago

    my wife has interstitial lung disease she is 61 years old we have good insurance but i was told it is not covered for your procedures im retiring in nov 2016 what finacial help is there were interested our son lives in the tampa area please get back to me thankyou david marrocco

  5. PB

    2 years ago

    Dear Laura,

    If you have been diagnosed with a chronic lung disease and would like to learn more about cellular treatment options at the Lung Institute, please fee free to contact us at (855) 313-1149. Our patient coordinators are happy to answer your questions. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  6. Laura

    2 years ago

    The doctor, is telling me ,they is something, wrong with my right lung..Can ,I help, Testo get that would help me..I don’t smoke.

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