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Content updated on 2022-06-02

What is idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis?

Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a lung disease which has no cause. Idiopathic means there's no known cause.There is damage of air sacs and scarring which causes stiffness in the lungs and breathing difficulty. Risk factors include exposure to certain types of dust (metal or wood), viral infections, smoking, acid reflux disease and a family history of IPF.

Symptoms related to idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

  • Bouts of violent coughing

  • Cough worsens with exercise

  • Previous or active smoker

  • Feeling breathless

  • Waking up due to cough

  • Dry cough

  • Recently diagnosed with an abnormality on an X-ray of the chest

  • Cough

Questions your doctor may ask to check for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

  • Do you have coughing fits?

  • Does your cough worsen when you exercise?

  • Do you currently smoke, or have you ever smoked in the past (including electronic cigarettes)?

  • Are you breathless or having hard time breathing?

  • Did your cough wake you up at night?

Treatment for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

There's no cure for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). Treatment involves medication and other therapies to relieve the symptoms as much as possible and slow down its progression.'

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