My friend has interstitial lung disease. What can be done?

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My friend has interstitial lung disease what can be done

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Interstitial lung disease is not a specific disease. It is a category of disease that includes many disease entities. The treatment varies according to the specific disease entity. Some common treatments include:

  • Stop smoking. If you have lung disease, the best thing you can do for yourself is to stop smoking. Talk to your doctor about options for quitting, including smoking cessation programs, which use a variety of proven techniques to help people quit. And because secondhand smoke also can be harmful to your lungs, don't allow people to smoke around you.
  • Eat well. People with lung disease may lose weight both because it's uncomfortable to eat and because of the extra energy it takes to breathe. These people need a nutritionally rich diet that contains adequate calories. A dietitian can give you further guidelines for healthy eating.
  • Get vaccinated. Respiratory infections can worsen symptoms of intersitial lung disease. Make sure you receive the pneumonia vaccine and an annual flu shot.
Interstitial lung disease is a group of lung conditions that causes scarring of lung tissues. I know a person who got interstitial lung disease because of his long-term exposure to asbestos. He often experienced shortness of breath at rest and dry cough. He tried many medications like a corticosteroid (prednisone), pirfenidone (Esbriet) and nintedanib (Ofev). He also used oxygen therapy to make breathing and exercise easier. However, his conditions were so severe that such treatments gave little results. His doctor suggested an option-lung transplantation. But the cost of such surgery are too expensive for him. He has long been held back by the disease. Bless him, bless all people who got interstitial lung disease!