Symptoms of Interstitial Lung Disease 

There are many different types of Interstitial lung disease, and the specific symptoms and progression can vary depending on the underlying cause. common symptoms include:

  • Shortness of breath (Dyspnea)
  • Dry Cough
  • Fatigue
  • Weight loss
  • Chest pain

Interstitial Lung Disease Risk Factors

Risk factors that may make you more prone to interstitial lung disease include:
  • Age (more likely in adults over 70)
  • Exposure to occupational and environmental toxins
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • Smoking
  • Radiation and chemotherapy
  • Autoimmune diseases

Interstitial lung disease can lead to a series of life-threatening complications, including:

  • Pulmonary Hypertension (affects only the arteries in your lungs)
  • Right-side heart failure
  • Respiratory failure

Types of Interstitial Lung Disease Treatment 

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Oxygen Therapy

Treatment Type 1

Oxygen therapy is a common treatment option for Interstitial Lung Disease. Helping your body get the oxygen it needs to function is important to managing your illness. If your practitioner prescribes oxygen therapy for Interstitial Lung Disease, Lincare will provide 24/7 treatment support and oxygen equipment designed to fit your needs.

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Pulmonary Rehab

Treatment Type 2

Pulmonary Rehab can also be recommended by your health care providers to improve your daily quality of life by teaching you techniques to improve lung efficiency, improve your endurance while performing daily activities and provide you with resources and support.

How We Can Help

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