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Lung Injuries

After a Lung Injury

If you or a loved one have been treated for a lung injury, you may be wondering what the future holds. The best outcomes tend to occur in people who are young and have few chronic health problems. Some people fully recover. Others may have short-term problems such as shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle weakness, and problems with thinking, or depression. In some cases, the lung injury and related complications can cause lasting problems, such as shortness of breath or weakness.

Seek help to manage these problems. Family and friends can help with everyday activities and a pulmonary rehabilitation program may help you return to normal activities. If you are depressed, talk to your doctor or mental health professional. Support groups may also be a big help if you suffer from depression. And, of course, don't smoke and avoid secondhand smoke

Be sure to follow up with your health care provider for lung function tests and any other necessary follow-up.

Research About Lung Injuries and ARDS

Studies are under way to help find ways to improve outcomes for people with lung injuries and ARDS. For example, researchers are looking at ways to:

  • Improve fluid transport in the lungs
  • Alter immune system responses affecting lung inflammation
  • Change levels of proteins that affect blood clotting

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on July 18, 2014
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