Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Treatment in Your Area
The lung doctors at West Coast Pulmonary & Sleep Disorders Center proudly offer idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) treatment to patients in Ventura County, California, and beyond. In addition to treating patients in person at our Oxnard and Camarillo locations—where we have same- and next-day appointments available—we also offer an advanced telemedicine service for patients outside the area and those who cannot travel to our offices.
What Is Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis?
Pulmonary fibrosis is a chronic condition that occurs when the tissue surrounding the lungs’ air sacs (alveoli) thickens and stiffens, eventually leading to permanent scarring that makes it difficult for oxygen to travel into the blood. The term “idiopathic” is used when the cause of the lung fibrosis is unknown.
Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Symptoms
Many people with fibrosis of the lungs do not experience any symptoms at first. However, when IPF symptoms do occur, they may include:
- Shortness of breath (this may worsen during exercise)
- Rapid, shallow breathing
- Chest discomfort
- Muscle and joint aches
- Unintended weight loss
- Rounding and widening of the fingertips and toes (clubbing)
- A general feeling of being unwell
Because idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is a progressive condition, symptoms usually get worse over time (the speed at which IPF progresses varies from one person to another). Many individuals with this condition experience acute exacerbations, which cause their symptoms to suddenly worsen, often due to a trigger.
Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Treatment
Unfortunately, there is currently no cure for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. However, various treatment options can slow the disease’s progression and help patients manage their symptoms. Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis treatment might include:
- Pulmonary rehabilitation
- Oxygen therapy
Get the IPF Treatment You Need
Contact West Coast Pulmonary & Sleep Disorders Center today to schedule an appointment with one of the skilled lung doctors at our Ventura County, CA, offices. We look forward to providing you with the first-rate idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis treatment you deserve.