Pulmonary fibrosis is a lung disease that occurs when lung tissue becomes damaged and scarred. This thickened, stiff tissue makes it more difficult for lungs to work properly. As pulmonary fibrosis worsens, they become progressively more short of breath.
The scarring associated with pulmonary fibrosis can be caused by number of factors. But in most cases, doctors can 'not pinpoint what causes the problem. When a cause can not be found,the condition is termed idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.
The lung damage caused by pulmonary fibrosis can not be repaired, but medications and therapies can sometimes help ease symptoms and improve quality of life. For some people, a lung transplant might be appropriate.
SYMPTOMS OF PULMONARY FIBROSIS
Signs and symptoms of pulmonary fibrosis may include:
- Shortness of breath (dyspnea)
- A dry cough
- Unexplained weight loss
- Aching muscles and joints
- Widening and rounding of the tips of the fingers or toes (clubbing)
CAUSES OF PULMONARY FIBROSIS
Pulmonary fibrosis scars and thickens the tissue around and between the air sacs (alveoli) in our lungs. This makes it more difficult for oxygen to pass into our bloodstream. The damage can be caused by many different factors including long-term exposure to certain toxins, certain medical conditions, radiation therapy and some medications.
Occupational and environmental factors
Long-term exposure to a number of toxins and pollutants can damage our lungs. These include:
- Silica dust
- Asbestos fibers
- Hard metal dusts
- Coal dust
- Grain dust
- Bird and animal droppings
Some people who receive radiation therapy for lung or breast cancer show signs of lung damage months or sometimes years after the initial treatment. The severity of the damage may depend on:
- How much of the lung was exposed to radiation
The total amount of radiation administered
- Whether chemotherapy also was used
- The presence of underlying lung disease
Lung damage can also result from a number of conditions, including:
- Mixed connective tissue disease
- Systemic lupus erythematosus
- Rheumatoid arthritis
Many substances and conditions can lead to pulmonary fibrosis. Even so, in most cases, the cause is never found. Pulmonary fibrosis with no known cause is called idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.
Researchers have several theories about what might trigger idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, including viruses and exposure to tobacco smoke. Also, some forms of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis run in families, and heredity may play a role in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.
Factors that make ONE more susceptible to pulmonary fibrosis include:
- Certain occupations.
- Cancer treatments.
- Genetic factors
COMPLICATIONS OF PULMONARY FIBROSIS
Complications of pulmonary fibrosis may include:
HOMEOPATHIC TREATMENT FOR PULMONARY FIBROSIS
Homeopathy is one of the most popular holistic systems of medicine. The selection of remedy is based upon the theory of individualization and symptoms similarity by using holistic approach. This is the only way through which a state of complete health can be regained by removing all the sign and symptoms from which the patient is suffering. The aim of homeopathy is not only to treat pulmonary fibrosis but to address its underlying cause behind pulmonary fibrosis and individual susceptibility. As far as therapeutic medication is concerned, several remedies are available for the treatment of symptoms of pulmonary fibrosis that can be selected on the basis of cause, sensations and modalities of the complaints. For individualized remedy selection and treatment, the patient should consult a qualified homeopathic doctor in person.
Some homeopathic medicine which are helpful in the treatment of pulmonary fibrosis symptoms:
Arsenic Album, ipecauc, Natrum Sulph, Phosphorous, Antim Tart, Cuprum Met, Nux Vomica, Stannum Met, Causticum, Sepia, Silicea, Hepar Sulph, Lachesis, Kali Sulph, Kreosote, Arsenic Iod, Kali Bi, Belladonna, Bryonia Alba, Rhus Tox, Tuberculinum, and many other medicines.