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How is interstitial lung disease treated?

The choice of treatment depends upon a number of factors including the cause of the interstitial lung disease and the overall health status of the patient. Most commonly, corticosteroid drugs are given in an attempt to reduce the inflammation. Sometimes, immune-suppressing drugs, such as azathioprine (Imuran) or cyclophosphamide (Cytoxan) are also given, either in combination with steroids or following a course of steroid treatment. Some patients with interstitial lung disease benefit from oxygen therapy and/or respiratory therapy (pulmonary rehabilitation) to improve daily functioning. Smoking cessation is critical for those with interstitial lung disease. Finally, in severe cases, lung transplantation may be considered in certain patients.

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Comment from: Roxanne 52, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 21

I was diagnosed with interstitial lung disease (ILD) 6 months ago. We thought I had pneumonia a few times, last time it didn't go away. I"m in a lupus flare, now I have hypersensitive pneumonitis. I was on Imuran and prednisone, it didn't help, I got worse. I have mold Aspergillus niger and Aspergillus flavus. I"m in my basement which we're having cleaned. The doctors say I will have a good life as long as I stay away from mold. I"m now on Cytoxan and prednisone. I have a lot of pain in my lungs. I didn't have fibrosis and now I do. A lot of doctors are clueless about mold. Mine were on it fast I had lavage, I live in pain and the doctors had no clue what was wrong with me.

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