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What does idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) feel like?

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This scarring makes it harder for air to pass in and out of the sacs. That's why you feel out of breath.

If you have IPF, you may have rapid, shallow breathing or a dry, hacking cough that doesn't go away. When a doctor listens to your breathing through a stethoscope, he may hear a crackling noise in your lungs.

You may also get "clubbing" -- a widening and rounding of your fingertips and toes. You may feel unusually tired or achy, or gradually lose weight without trying.

SOURCES:

Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis: "Facts About Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation: "About PF."

American Lung Association.

Genetic Home Reference (U.S. National Library of Medicine).

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on April 22, 2018

SOURCES:

Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis: "Facts About Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation: "About PF."

American Lung Association.

Genetic Home Reference (U.S. National Library of Medicine).

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on April 22, 2018

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