Symptoms of Interstitial Lung Disease

by | May 15, 2019 | Interstitial Lung Disease

Interstitial lung disease (ILD) can cause debilitating symptoms that severely disrupt your ability to engage in everyday activities. ILD is actually a disorder encompassing a number of conditions that cause scarring in the lung tissue, including pulmonary fibrosis and pneumonitis.

How ILD Symptoms Affect Your Life

By interfering with the basic functioning of the lungs, ILD symptoms can negatively impact time with your family, your work life and your ability to enjoy your favorite hobbies. While this condition is not reversible, there are effective treatments that can help relieve your symptoms. By learning more about how ILD symptoms develop, you can work more closely with your doctor to take a proactive role with your treatment.

What Specific Symptoms Does ILD Cause?

ILD affects the delicate tissue surrounding the air sacs in the lungs. By causing inflammation and scarring, this condition makes it difficult for the lungs to perform their basic role of delivering oxygen to the bloodstream. When this occurs, the following commonly reported symptoms of ILD can occur:

  • Shortness of breath
  • A dry cough
  • Mild chest pains
  • Mental and physical fatigue due to lack of oxygen
  • Lack of appetite and unexplained weight loss
  • Bleeding in the lungs

It is important to seek diagnosis and treatment from a qualified medical professional if one or more of these symptoms are present. ILD is a progressive condition that can worsen over time, which is why it is crucial to make treatment a priority.

Diagnosing and Treating ILD

After performing a physical examination and tests to confirm the diagnosis of ILD, doctors will typically recommend a course of treatment that can include steroidal medication, oxygen therapy and pulmonary rehabilitation. In some cases, lung transplant surgery may also become a serious consideration.

Another option that an increasingly large number of patients are turning to is regenerative treatment, such as the cellular therapy we provide at Lung Health Institute. Our highly skilled team can use undifferentiated cells from a patient’s own blood to help restore lung function with the goals of decreasing lung inflammation and returning patients to a higher level of activity.

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