Sarcoidosis is a disease that can affect multiple parts of your body, including your skin, eyes and lungs. It is a chronic disease caused by the buildup of immune cells that causes a form of inflammation called a granuloma.
Exact causes of sarcoidosis are hard to determine, but it is generally a response from your immune system to some form of irritation. When it comes to your lungs, this irritation may be from bacteria, dust, smoke or chemicals.
What Are the Symptoms of Sarcoidosis in the Lungs?
Symptoms of sarcoidosis in the lungs include:
- Dry and wheezy coughing
- Tightness in the chest
- Shortness of breath
Sarcoidosis can be unpredictable in how long it affects you, so these symptoms may persist for a few days or even a few years. Since these symptoms are similar to those of other lung conditions, it’s wise to visit a medical professional for an examination.
Does Sarcoidosis Cause Cancer?
The short answer? No.
Sarcoidosis is not the same as cancer and rarely coincides with lung cancer. One reason for confusion between sarcoidosis and lung cancer is that granulomas can look like tumors in an X-ray image. However, unlike tumors, sarcoidosis granulomas are not calcified.
So, If Sarcoidosis Is Not Related to Cancer, Is It Harmful?
In most cases, sarcoidosis is a temporary irritation that goes away on its own, but more severe cases can have a lasting effect. Prolonged, untreated sarcoidosis of the lungs can result in the development of scar tissue and permanent breathing problems.
How Do You Treat Sarcoidosis?
When you visit a medical professional, he or she should be able to administer some tests, such as X-rays and pulmonary tests, to determine if the cause of your symptoms is sarcoidosis.
As of now, there is no known cure for sarcoidosis. Again, most cases of sarcoidosis tend to resolve themselves with a little time, but in more serious cases, you will want some assistance managing your symptoms.
If you would like assistance in managing your sarcoidosis symptoms, you should contact a patient coordinator at Lung Health Institute. Our services, like the Anti-Inflammatory Initiative™, help reduce the amount of inflammation in your lungs, which should help improve your quality of life while you’re still experiencing symptoms related to sarcoidosis.