Is Fibrosis of the Lungs Contagious?

by | Jun 29, 2018 | Pulmonary Fibrosis

Fibrosis of the lungs, or pulmonary fibrosis, is a disease that attacks the lungs and causes the tissue within the lungs to be damaged and scarred. As a result of the damage, the lungs become thick; diminishing the functionality of the lungs and causing the patient to experience difficulty breathing.

Is pulmonary fibrosis contagious?

While we don’t know exactly what causes fibrosis of the lungs, we do know that the disease is not contagious, fortunately. While the damage that is caused by pulmonary fibrosis is irreversible, there are treatment options including medications and therapy that can help make living with the disease easier to improve the quality of life for patients with pulmonary fibrosis.

Symptoms

The progression and the symptoms of pulmonary fibrosis vary depending on the patient and the severity of the case. For some, fibrosis of the lungs can impact them quickly because they’ve come down with a severe case of it, while others have very manageable symptoms that take time to impact their lives significantly.
In the case of acute exacerbations, symptoms worsen rapidly and can last for weeks, forcing patients to be placed on a mechanical ventilator and likely be prescribed medications.

Causes

Unlike other diseases, medical professionals are unable to find the exact cause of fibrosis of the lungs, but there are things that a person can be exposed to that can lead to them being diagnosed with it. If a person has been consistently exposed to toxins, pollutants, dust or mold, there is a good chance they could develop fibrosis of the lungs over time. Also, if a person has been exposed to radiation due to cancer treatments, there is a possibility that they can develop this disease as well.

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