Symptoms of Pulmonary Fibrosis: 

Pulmonary Fibrosis does not affect everyone the same and has similar symptoms as the common cold or an upper respiratory infection. Some common symptoms include:

  • Dry persistent cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Clubbing of fingertips
  • Aching joints and muscles
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Discomfort in the chest
  • Cyanosis
  • Fast shallow breathing

Pulmonary Fibrosis Risk Factors:

Approximately 50,000 new cases of pulmonary fibrosis are diagnosed each year. Often the cause of pulmonary fibrosis is unknown. Some factors that may increase the risk of pulmonary fibrosis include:
  • Age (Mostly common between ages 50 and 70)
  • Sex (Pulmonary fibrosis affects more men than women. Cases in women are on the rise.)
  • Smoking
  • Working around hazardous materials
  • Radiation exposure
  • Autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis can lead to pulmonary fibrosis

Types of Pulmonary Fibrosis Treatment 

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Oxygen Therapy

Treatment Type 1

Oxygen therapy is a common treatment option for Pulmonary Fibrosis. Helping your body get the oxygen it needs to function is important to managing your illness. If your practitioner prescribes oxygen therapy for Pulmonary Fibrosis, 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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