What Is Pulmonary Fibrosis?
Pulmonary fibrosis is an interstitial lung disease of the lower respiratory tract involving damage to the alveoli (air sacs) of the lungs, leading to reduced transfer of oxygen into the bloodstream. A number of habits, respiratory toxins, and health issues can cause scarring of your lung tissue, which is the principle symptom of pulmonary fibrosis. Lung function is impaired when fibrous tissue builds up in the lungs, reducing the organ’s flexibility and its ability to transport oxygen into the bloodstream.
At other times this fibrosis of the lungs (fiber build-up) is of unknown cause and therefore termed idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. In either case, the prospect for repair of the lungs is not good. However, you can take a number of steps to otherwise increase your lung health, improve respiratory health, and restore some of the energy you have probably lost to reduced lung function.
A pulmonary fibrosis diagnosis likely comes after you have experienced symptoms including shortness of breath, weight loss, exhaustion, and possibly sore muscles. If not addressed in time, a lung transplant may become a necessary option. Your doctor will start with standard lung function tests but will have to progress at least to chest imaging and perhaps to a lung biopsy for conclusive diagnosis of pulmonary fibrosis.
Natural Remedies for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Treatment
Hydrogen Peroxide Inhalation is yet again a popular home remedy for lung diseases of various kinds, as here for pulmonary fibrosis. Even more popular is a remedy from our resident expert, Ted from Bangkok, who proposes a slate of herbal remedies and complementary medicine therapies to improve lung function and perhaps reduce scar tissue on the lungs.