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Pulmonary fibrosis symptoms | Central Oregon

Pulmonary fibrosis is a lung disease that results in the scarring of lung tissue. Over time, this scarring limits how well a person can breathe. In most cases, the cause of pulmonary fibrosis is unknown and is referred to as idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). In other cases, the cause of pulmonary fibrosis may be linked to cigarette smoking, environmental pollutants such as gases, fumes, hard metal dusts and silica, certain viral infections, or a family history of pulmonary fibrosis. Symptoms of this lung condition include:

  • Shortness of breath, especially during exercise
  • Fast, shallow breathing
  • Tiredness
  • Aching muscles and joints
  • Dry, hacking cough
  • Gradual and unintended weight loss

If you or a loved one has a diagnosis of pulmonary fibrosis or symptoms of this disease, look to the respiratory experts at the St. Charles Pulmonary Clinics in Bend and Redmond, Oregon.

Find Pulmonary Fibrosis Treatment at the St. Charles Pulmonary Clinic

The specialized team of physicians and respiratory therapists at the St. Charles Pulmonary Clinic develop a personalized plan of care based on every patient’s condition, each plan focused on a lessening of symptoms and a faster recovery. While there is no cure for pulmonary fibrosis — once the lungs are scarred the damage is irreversible — treatment may slow the worsening of this condition. The range of treatment options available at St. Charles include:

  • Oxygen therapy
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation
  • Medications
  • Lung transplant

The most effective way to determine which type of treatment option is best for you is to schedule an appointment with a St. Charles respiratory therapist. To schedule an appointment or for more information on our range of respiratory services, call 541-706-7715 today.

The St. Charles Pulmonary Clinic provides treatment for pulmonary fibrosis in Central Oregon.