Doc Talk | Pulmonary fibrosis

Pulmonary fibrosis impacts one out of two hundred Americans over the age of 60. While smokers are at an increased risk of being diagnosed, so are many others.

"It does lead to shortness of breath, it could affect daily activities," said Heather Hunsinger, a respiratory therapist at Geisinger Holy Spirit.

It's a lung disease that occurs when lung tissue becomes damaged or even scarred.

"There's actually two hundred different types of Pulmonary Fibrosis," explained Hunsinger.

Out of the many types, some of the possible causes include a rare gene, certain medications, exposure to radiation and some pollutants in the air.

"Pulmonary Fibrosis is difficult to diagnose it can take a while to diagnose it," said Hunsinger.

The two main symptoms are shortness of breath and coughing, which is tough since that could be symptoms of other conditions as well. Hunsinger strongly recommends a visit to a Pulmonologist to get a clear answer.

"If Pulmonary Fibrosis is left undiagnosed, then the symptoms will become more severe and people can become more sedentary in their lifestyle," she explained.

As of now, there are treatments to slow the progression, but there is no known cure for this complex disease.

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