Rheumatoid Arthritis is a condition that may cause Pulmonary Fibrosis. Usually, Rheumatoid Arthritis affects the joints of the body, but it can also affect the lungs due to the inflammation associated with it.
Having a higher count of RA antibodies are linked to the development of lung diseases like Pulmonary Fibrosis. Approximately 40% of people suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis in the US also have Pulmonary Fibrosis.
Shortness of breath is one of the main indicators of Pulmonary Fibrosis in patients who have Rheumatoid Arthritis. However, this symptom usually goes unreported. It is important to recognize the symptoms of Pulmonary Fibrosis. Besides shortness of breath, you may also experience a dry, hacking cough, and/or fatigue or widening of the fingertips and toes. Go see a doctor or a professional healthcare provider if you are experiencing any of these symptoms. He or she can provide you with a proper diagnosis and treatment of whatever condition that you may have.
Other factors that may increase your risk of obtaining Pulmonary Fibrosis include smoking, a family history of Pulmonary Fibrosis, a history of gastroesophageal reflux disease, use of medications that may damage the lungs, or viral infection, such as pneumonia.
There is no cure for Pulmonary Fibrosis, but it is important to start treating it as soon as possible. Different treatments, such as prescription medications and oxygen therapy, are available to help treat some of the symptoms associated with Pulmonary Fibrosis.
Talk to a doctor to determine which treatment would work best for you. There are treatments that help reduce the rate of scarring and damage to the lungs. You can also get assistance with breathing easier.
Not all treatments work for everyone. Therefore, it is important to choose the correct treatment based on the symptoms that you need to address.
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