Pulmonary Fibrosis, also known as PF or IDC, is a rare lung disease that affects approximately 200k to 300k people in the US alone each year. Although it sounds like something your parents used to say when they asked you to clean up after yourself and “stop messing around with those chemicals”, Pulmonary Fibrosis is serious business! Here’s what you need to know about how this disease can lead us all six feet under.
The ins and outs of Pulmonary Fibrosis
Before we dive deep into the nitty-gritty of dying from Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibersclerosis (IPF), let’s get some basics out of the way first:
What Is IPF?
- Alright guys and gals – listen up because I’m going to say this just once: IDIOPATHIC PULMONARY FIBERSCLOSIS (IPF) manifests itself by forming scar tissue not only on our beloved lungs (pneumonia no more) but across all respiratory tracts. Go ahead make an impression & roll that name off your tongue
- This buildup affects their structure/capacity/elasticity/ overall functionality
- Scarring thickens these tissues, which makes it difficult for oxygen exchange during breathing.
Interesting fact: unfortunately ladies are affected disproportionately at times than men with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
Symptoms Associated With IPF:
Okay folks- now that we have mastered pronouncing this impressive medical term let’s move onto symptoms :
|Shortness Of Breath||You feel breathless even while sitting calmly|
|Fatigue||inability/weakness despite normal daily activities|
|Persistent Dry Coughing||it starts as a tickle till becomes frequent hacking cough unresponsive cough syrups|
|Unintended Weight Loss||you become a mini version of yourself without losing your charm.|
Let’s Talk About Death
Okay, enough talk about the disease itself – let’s get down to brass tacks and discuss what can happen when someone has IPF for a long time.
Respiratory Failure Caused By Pulmonary Fibrosis:
Put simply; respiratory failure occurs when we are unable to breathe in sufficient quantities required by our body . IPF makes it tough
To expand on this a bit: The scarring formed due to PF means that our lungs cannot supply the oxygen they need via inhalation/exhalation efficiently as usual. This eventually leads to hypoxemia (low oxygen levels in blood) which then starts causing all sorts of issues such as fatigue or even cyanosis (when your skin turns blue). So annoying!
In simple terms low amount of Oxygen circulating through body will leave us feeling fatigued & confused:COME AGAIN?
Unfortunately over time, hypoxemia CAN LEAD TO RESPIRATORY FAILURE: not getting enough air caused by inability of lung tissues leading cause for death.
Infections Associated With Pulmonary Fibrosis:
Remember how difficult it is for people with IPF to eradicate/stay clear from infections since their weakened immune system does little or nothing at times — here’s why.
- Since the scar tissue obstructs flow of air you guessed it right!- We don’t garner strength needed(weakness) resulting in ventilation process being compromised making way for bacteria/viruses/fungi/other nasty substances(probably ghosts too who knows)
Now,you might be wondering what’s so deadly about these ‘ghosts’ – afterall most typical cold flu isn’t lethal…
Number one culprit: Yup Pneumonia often accompanies pulmonary fibrosis:( but there’s no shortage from the traditional flu, especially the h3 and swine variants. When there’s a weakened immune system person’s ability to fight off even the most benign infection becomes impossible.
Think about it- pneumonia might start off like flulike symptoms; headache, fever or coughing, but since IPF has already made breathing difficult -combined with even mild respiratory illnesses can predispose you/ your loved ones towards deadly consequences.
In conclusion; although in isolation an ordinary cold is harmless when carrying Pulmonary fibrosis patients need extra protection as mere infections could cause major havoc on the mind/body/spirit & being
Heart Failure Associated With Pulmonary Fibrosis:
I bet you thought pulmonary fibrosis only affected our lungs huh? How gullible of you! Here’s a little something that will leave you shaking in your boots(pun)
People living with PF also have higher chances of heart failure due to low oxygen content leading into circulatory complications i.e. low blood pressure/trouble during physical activity/anemia etc…
Starved hearts because of compromised air intake causes chronic distress affecting their pumping mechanism which in turn compromises functioning other organs for example unable to filter toxins properly(leading liver problems), Shortness Of breath & more elevated stress level on entire body till ultimate demise.
Treatments related to idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis:
Unfortunately,Lung scars are serious business so currently no definitive cure –
but efforts are welcome (esp $$$) folks researching anything (!!!!)
Commonly available treatments include:
Doctors often prescribe steroids such as Prednisone (oh lovely prednisone…) for its anti-inflammatory effects thereby reducing scarring (its side effects merit another article entirely)
Medicinal grade O2 readily assists/handles low oxygen rates left over by damaged tissues giving relief
Simply put however humorous approach we take ,Pulmonary Fibrosis isn’t to be taken lightly
It can weaken our immune system, leaving us vulnerable to infections which lead to death faster than you can say ”supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”
Compromised ability breathe could sends a person into respiratory failure is serious stuff.
So folks take care of your lungs, and if you ever get hit with IPF – start laughing along the way; cause at the end of it all #laughteristhebestmedicine !!!
Hey there, I’m Dane Raynor, and I’m all about sharing fascinating knowledge, news, and hot topics. I’m passionate about learning and have a knack for simplifying complex ideas. Let’s explore together!
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