Interstitial Lung Disease Causes
Interstitial lung disease is a group of diverse pulmonary conditions that have a variety of causes. The common thread is that each condition is associated with lung tissue damage. This damage results from an abnormal healing response in the form of excessive scar tissue production. Specifically, the body’s natural repair process goes awry, causing the air sacs within the lungs (alveoli) to thicken. This can make it difficult to breathe and slow the flow of oxygen from the lungs to the blood.
Interstitial lung disease can be triggered by many factors. Some known causes include:
- Inhalation of asbestos fibers, grain dust, coal dust, silica dust, mold or bird proteins (from live pets or feather-containing products)
- Certain chemotherapy or immunotherapy drugs (methotrexate and cyclophosphamide), heart medications (amiodarone and propranolol) or antibiotics (nitrofurantoin and sulfasalazine)
- Radiation therapy administered to the chest
- Certain autoimmune conditions, including dermatomyositis, mixed connective tissue disease, pulmonary vasculitis, rheumatoid arthritis, sarcoidosis, scleroderma, Sjogren’s syndrome and lupus
Once lung scarring occurs, it cannot be reversed. Certain medications can ease the symptoms of interstitial lung disease, such as dry coughing and shortness of breath, but pharmaceutical treatments cannot restore lost lung function. Supplemental oxygen can also be helpful for symptom relief, but its round-the-clock usage can be cumbersome. If a patient has very severe or worsening symptoms, a lung transplant may be an option. However, for some patients, none of these options is ideal.
The Lung Health Institute offers cellular therapy as an alternative treatment for interstitial lung disease. Cells which are produced naturally by the body, have the remarkable ability to transform themselves into many other types of cells. As such, they have the potential to promote the healing of damaged tissue. We offer cellular therapy: Blood-Derived Therapy. The procedure is minimally invasive and performed on an outpatient basis over the course of two days.
If your dissatisfaction with traditional treatments for interstitial lung disease causes you to search for other options, contact the Lung Health Institute at 888-745-6697. Our caring team can explain how cellular therapy can potentially help you breathe easier and get back to living life to the fullest.