Sarcoidosis is a sporadic condition that is characterized by the buildup of immune cells that create a form of inflammation known as a granuloma. Sarcoidosis can come and go in a matter of days or a matter of years. It is known to affect many organs of the body, including your eyes, skin and lungs.
Sarcoidosis of the lungs in most cases is only a temporary setback that corrects itself after a little time. However, severe cases of long-lasting sarcoidosis can result in permanent scarring of lung tissue, which is a more serious matter.
What Causes Sarcoidosis?
Sarcoidosis can develop for many reasons that are difficult to identify. What we do know is that it appears to be a form of response from your immune system to irritation, such as dust, chemicals, bacteria and smoke.
The symptoms of sarcoidosis include the following:
- Dry coughing
- Tightening of the chest
- Short and choppy breathing
Depending on the severity of your sarcoidosis, these symptoms may last for only a couple days or could last for years.
When to Seek Treatment for Sarcoidosis
If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms above, you should seek a medical opinion. A medical professional can perform an examination to determine if the cause of your symptoms is sarcoidosis or another condition.
Sarcoidosis can be a serious condition if it causes scarring to the lung tissue. This scarring is irreversible and will result in permanent difficulty in breathing.
Medical professionals, like those at Lung Health Institute, offer treatments that assist in managing the symptoms of sarcoidosis. These treatments will not reverse any scarring or completely stop the disease, but they do help slow down its progression and to help you Breathe Easier™.
How Is Sarcoidosis Related to Cancer?
Sarcoidosis is not a form of cancer, and it rarely accompanies or leads to the development of cancer. It frequently gets confused with cancer because, on an X-ray image, the granulomas have a similar appearance to tumors. Unlike tumors, though, granulomas are not calcified and should withdraw after some time.
Would you like assistance with reducing your sarcoidosis symptoms and help slowing down its progression? Lung Health Institute offers many lung treatment services, like the Anti-Inflammatory Initiative™, which is a wellness plan aimed at reducing the amount of inflammation in your lungs. To discover what Lung Health Institute may be able to do for you, please contact one of our patient coordinators today.