Therapy for Pulmonary Fibrosis
Because current therapy is not thought to reverse scarring that has already taken place, it is important to diagnose and potentially treat pulmonary fibrosis as early as possible. If your doctor has identified an occupational or environmental exposure, removal from the source of the problem is essential - even if it means giving up your job, hobby, or changing where you live. People who respond well to therapy generally report less shortness of breath with exercise and stable breathing tests.
The goals of treatment are to:
- Identify the specific disease, potentially start therapy early to decrease inflammation and prevent further lung scarring.
- Remove the source of the problem, when possible.
- Minimize and manage potential complications of ILD.
- Improve or prevent deterioration in a patient's quality of life.
What types of therapy are available?
Common treatment options include:
This information has been approved by David Schwartz, MD (February 2010).