Sarcoidosis was first recognized in 1877 by an English physician named Jonathan Hutchinson, and originally, it was thought to be a painless form of skin disease. However, medical professionals have since learned that this condition can affect many organs, including the lungs.
What Is Sarcoidosis?
Sarcoidosis is now classified as an incurable chronic inflammatory disease, and there is still no known cause of this disease. However, there are some theories about what might cause this condition. Some scientists speculate that it occurs because of the way the immune system responds to things like chemicals, infections or dust entering the body in some people.
This condition results in collections of inflammatory cells growing in various part of the body. Known as granulomas, these groups of cells are most commonly found in the lungs and lymph nodes. However, they can also affect other organs, such as the eyes, skin and heart.
Symptoms of Sarcoidosis
The symptoms of sarcoidosis are typically different depending on which part of the body the granulomas are growing in. In general, people with this disease tend to experience symptoms like unexplained fatigue, swollen lymph nodes and pain and swelling in the joints.
When sarcoidosis occurs in the lungs, there are several additional symptoms that may appear, including:
- Persistent dry cough
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
If you’re experiencing these symptoms, you should get tested for sarcoidosis as soon as possible.
Lung Health Institute Can Help You Find Ways to Reduce Inflammation
Lung Health Institute offers several treatments for chronic lung diseases, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), that may also help treat lung-based sarcoidosis symptoms. This is possible because the treatment solutions we offer are designed to reduce lung inflammation, which is the major cause of lung-based sarcoidosis symptoms.
One treatment we offer that’s intended to reduce lung inflammation is cellular therapy. Cellular therapy is a minimally invasive procedure, and it uses concentrated platelets, proteins, growth factors and other helpful cells from your body to target lung disease. These platelets release healing properties that, when combined with the other helpful cells, may promote healing in damaged tissue and reduce inﬂammation in your lungs.
Another treatment option we offer is our 3 Anti-Inflammatory Initiative™, or AI2™, plans. These plans include a variety of tips that can help you boost your immune system and train your body to use fats as fuel to fight inflammation.
Want to find out more about how Lung Health Institute can help you treat sarcoidosis and other chronic lung conditions? Contact one of our patient coordinators today for more information or to schedule a free consultation.