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What are the symptoms of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF)?

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IPF is when scar tissue grows inside your lungs and make it hard to breathe. You can have the condition for a long time and not know it. After many years, the scarring gets worse and you might have:

You might also notice that:

  • A dry, hacking cough that doesn't go away
  • Shortness of breath, especially when you walk or do other activities
  • You feel more tired than usual
  • Your joints and muscles ache
  • You've lost weight without trying
  • The tips of your fingers and toes have gotten wider, called clubbing

SOURCES:

American Thoracic Society: "Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF)."

Cleveland Clinic: "Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis."

Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis: "Facts About Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis," "What is Pulmonary Fibrosis?"

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How is Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Treated?" "What is Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis?" "Living With Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis."

Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation: "About PF."

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on December 11, 2019

SOURCES:

American Thoracic Society: "Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF)."

Cleveland Clinic: "Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis."

Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis: "Facts About Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis," "What is Pulmonary Fibrosis?"

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How is Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Treated?" "What is Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis?" "Living With Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis."

Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation: "About PF."

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on December 11, 2019

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