What are the different stages of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis?

Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) is a type of lung disease which is categorized as a rare and progressive condition. If you are diagnosed with this condition then consulting the best Pulmonologist in Punjab is the best choice for you. One of the best Chest specialists in Ludhiana is Dr. Rahul Kumar who will make you familiar with the stages of IPF, and depending on those your treatment plan will be made. Bear in mind, getting diagnosed with this condition should not be taken lightly, and every person experiencing this problem will have a different problem. As the problem progresses, your treatment plan will change. Therefore, it is of utmost importance that you work in close relation with the doctor. Taking care of your overall health is extremely important.

Stages of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

Stage 1: Diagnosed recently

Patients diagnosed recently with IPF will experience symptoms like:

  • Shortness of breath with activity

  • Fatigue

  • Dry IPF cough

Although, it is possible you don’t show any symptoms or you face extreme exertion when you climb stairs. Initially, the doctor will perform different tests to understand how severe the condition is and to see which treatment options will work the best for you. You need to tell the doctor about all the symptoms you are experiencing.

To better understand your condition, the doctor will perform PFTs (Pulmonary function test), which checks how much air the lungs can hold. You will also be asked to walk for 6 minutes.

Stage 2: Need for oxygen with some activity

As the disease keeps on progressing, the problem of breath shortness can get worse. At this point, it is normal to experience coughing. Your doctor might ask you to use oxygen while doing activities by checking your oxygen saturation. At this stage, it is difficult to exercise but you must do that. When you use oxygen with activity it will improve your health.

Stage 3: Stage where oxygen is required 24 hours

Now the breath shortness has reached the stage that you have difficulty performing the activities. The oxygen gets so low that it is difficult to rest with time. Although, the person is not going to feel short of breath when they rest. In this case, exercise can help as it increases the energy level.

Stage 4: Increased need for oxygen

With the use of portable and lightweight oxygen delivery systems when the patient’s needs are not fulfilled, then the doctor will suggest something else. In this case, the oxygen with high-glow in the non-portable delivery system is preferred. The patients at this stage might feel that they are alone. So, family and friends have to give enough support to the patients to deal with this phase of the problem.

Schedule your initial consultation

If you are diagnosed with this condition or facing any chest problem, then schedule your initial consultation with our chest specialist to get the best treatment plan for your condition.

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