This condition is known to occur gradually. This disease is incurable and kills those suffering from this disease after around 3 to five years after diagnosis. Listed below are the three types of lung fibrosis.
Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis
Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis is considered as a weakening condition that is regarded as fatal, as the rate of survival for a person suffering from this disease is around 3 years.
In this condition, the air sacs also known as alveoli begin to get thick and surround the lung, which leads to the replacement of the air sacs by fibrotic scar tissue. This is known to lead to damage caused by the lungs that are not reversible, as they negatively affect the capacity of the lung.
This results in the deterred ability of the tissues in releasing oxygen into the bloodstream, thereby reducing the capacity of the lungs to release the oxygen into the blood, which is needed by the body.
This can lead to shallow breathing as well as coughing. According to several reports, it has been pointed out that this condition affects more than 200, 000 in the United States alone as well as kills almost 40, 000 of the people suffering from it, every year. There is no definite cause of this disease, however it is suspected to be an autoimmune disorder or caused due to a viral infection.
Cystic Fibrosis is known to be a chronic disease that is genetic and affects the lungs as well as the digestive system of the body. This is caused by a defective gene that forces the body to release a kind of sticky mucus, which blocks the lungs as well as the pancreas.
This is known to result in the deterred ability of the body to produce enzymes, which play an important role in breaking down as well as digesting all the food.
There are many symptoms of this condition which include shortness of breath, vomiting, lung infections, coughing and wheezing. Another symptom of this condition is the inability to gain weight even after having a rich and healthy diet.
This condition can be treated by consuming high calorie foods as well as mucus thinning medications. There are also other kinds of therapies that are used in the treatment of this condition which help by loosening the clogged mucus.
Interstitial Lung Fibrosis
Interstitial Lung Fibrosis is considered as a number of disorders that are known to cause the scarring of the lung tissue. The word Interstitial is used as it is known to occur on lung tissues that are between the alveoli. This condition is known to develop over time, but in some cases develops suddenly.
There are several symptoms of this condition which are wheezing, pain in the chest, difficulty in breathing as well as dry cough. There are several causes of this condition which may include acid reflux disease, lupus, drugs as well as scleroderma.
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