Get the facts: Here are some of the common IPF symptoms

It can be hard to spot the signs of IPF

Most people learn that they have idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) only after experiencing symptoms or after the disease has progressed. In some cases, doctors may notice signs of IPF when reviewing tests for other lung problems.

  • An ongoing cough that does not produce any phlegm
  • Feeling tired or weak
  • Having shortness of breath, even during normal daily activities
  • A doctor may also hear “Velcro®-like” crackles at the bottom of your lungs
  • Shortness of breath, even at rest
  • A dry cough that becomes more hacking. It may include bouts of uncontrollable coughing
  • Tiring easily, even during light activities
  • Clubbing (enlarging) of fingertips that develops over time
  • Decreased oxygen levels in the blood

Keep in mind that the signs and symptoms of IPF vary from person to person.

Why can it take a while for doctors to diagnose IPF?

  • It can be hard to see lung fibrosis on a regular chest x-ray
  • Several other disorders have similar symptoms and lung scarring
  • IPF symptoms can be similar to those of other diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and congestive heart failure
  • People with IPF may also have another condition that causes shortness of breath

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