Pulmonary Fibrosis Information
Pulmonary fibrosis is a condition characterized by scarring and thickening deep inside the lungs. It is the end result of long-term inflammation and an abnormal buildup of collagen within the supporting structures of the lung (the interstitial tissue). The most common symptoms of this disease include shortness of breath and a dry, hacking cough that will not go away.
While there is no cure, treatments (such as prednisone) are available to reduce inflammation and slow down the progression of the disease.
(For more in-depth information on this topic, click Pulmonary Fibrosis. This article gives a detailed description of what causes it, how it affects lifespan, how your healthcare provider will make a diagnosis, and more.)