FRIDAY, Jan. 29, 2021 (HealthDay News)
There is no cure for the disease, which affects more than 200,000 Americans.
“Smokers are often aware that tobacco usage can lead to diseases such as lung cancer, COPD and emphysema, among others. However, as smokers experience chronic symptoms similar to those of PF, such as a dry, persistent cough, it is important they discuss PF with their doctors,” Dr. Amy Hajari Case said in a foundation news release. She’s senior medical adviser of education and awareness.
It’s never too late to stop smoking, the foundation emphasized. Quitting smoking can increase overall health and quality of life at any age by reducing loss of core lung function over time and increasing lung capacity, which is crucial to maintaining a healthy blood oxygen level. Giving up the tobacco habit may also reduce inflammation of the airway, which can take months or even years.
The American Lung Association has more on pulmonary fibrosis.
SOURCE: Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, news release, Jan. 26, 2021
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