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Stages of Pulmonary Fibrosis

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Stages of Pulmonary Fibrosis

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Stages of Pulmonary Fibrosis

  1. 1. Pulmonary Fibrosis StagesBeing diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis proves to be devastating and life altering. Doctors report that no cure exists for this condition. Even so, patients can continue to live peaceful lives after being diagnosed with this illness. As they prepare to leave this world, patients may benefit from knowing the stages of pulmonary fibrosis. For more information on Pulmonary Fibrosis Stages, visit our website at www.biomediclabs.com/blog
  2. 2. Pulmonary Fibrosis Stages The earliest stages of pulmonary fibrosis are marked by wheezing anddifficulty breathing. In fact, most patients believe that they have bronchitis or a chest cold. They often cough up dark-colored sputum and have difficulty breathing while they are lying down. For more information on Pulmonary Fibrosis Stages, visit our website at www.biomediclabs.com/blog
  3. 3. Pulmonary Fibrosis StagesAs the disease progresses, people notice that their chests tighten during even the shallowest of breathing. They often have difficulty catching their breath after a coughing spell. Sometimes their coughing fits are so violent that their ribs crack and their muscles in their chests become strained. Most people at this point seek medical intervention and learn of their diagnosis of suffering from pulmonary fibrosis. For more information on Pulmonary Fibrosis Stages, visit our website at www.biomediclabs.com/blog
  4. 4. Pulmonary Fibrosis Stages Pulmonary Fibrosis Treatment OptionsWith a patients permission, a physician may decide to attempt treatments that are designed to prolong a persons life. Many doctors prescribe steroids that open airways in the lungs; likewise, patients may take cortisone treatments that help strengthen their lungs and improve thelungs elasticity. With these treatments, people may add several months to their lives. For more information on Pulmonary Fibrosis Stages, visit our website at www.biomediclabs.com/blog
  5. 5. Pulmonary Fibrosis StagesAdditionally, patients may benefit from using oxygen. Doctors can arrangefor home delivery of oxygen and related equipment to the persons home. That individual often must wear nasal canules or a breathing mask to introduce pure oxygen into the persons airways. This treatment helps people breathe better and keeps their bodies oxygenated. For more information on Pulmonary Fibrosis Stages, visit our website at www.biomediclabs.com/blog
  6. 6. Pulmonary Fibrosis Stages However, eventually the disease overwhelms peoples lungs. These organslose their elasticity, and the airways narrow to the point that air can no longer move in and out without great effort. It is in these final stages that people prepare to say goodbye to their loved ones. Many doctors refer patients tohospice services at this point. As they spend their final days, hospice workers can keep patients medicated and comfortable until they pass. For more information on Pulmonary Fibrosis Stages, visit our website at www.biomediclabs.com/blog
  7. 7. Pulmonary Fibrosis Stages It is at this point as well that patients loved ones often struggle with watching this disease take hold of these individuals. People with pulmonary fibrosis often struggle to breathe and sometimes gasp for air during this final stage. Their faces, lips, and fingernails may turn blue from the lack of oxygen. Even more, their breathing may be so labored that their relatives believe thesepatients to be in pain. Most people do not live longer than a week or two at this final stage. For more information on Pulmonary Fibrosis Stages, visit our website at www.biomediclabs.com/blog
  8. 8. Pulmonary Fibrosis StagesFor more information on PulmonaryFibrosis Stages, visit our website at www.biomediclabs.com/blog

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