According to the Mayo Clinic, pulmonary fibrosis is a lung disease that occurs when lung tissue becomes thickened, damaged and scarred. This thickened, stiff tissue makes it more difficult for your lungs to work properly. As pulmonary fibrosis worsens, you become progressively more short of breath.
Some symptoms of pulmonary fibrosis are:
- Shortness of breath
- Dry cough
- Unexplained weight loss
- Aching muscles and joints
- Widening and rounding of the tips of the fingers or toes
Pulmonary fibrosis can be caused by certain medical conditions, radiation therapy impurities and contaminants such as:
- Silica dust
- Asbestos fibers
- Hard metal dusts
- Coal dust
- Grain dust
- Bird and animal droppings
Unfortunately, pulmonary fibrosis cannot be cured. There are medications that can help ease symptoms. In severe cases, a lung transplant may be suggested.
For this and additional information regarding pulmonary fibrosis visit – https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/pulmonary-fibrosis/symptoms-causes/syc-20353690
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