How Is Pulmonary Fibrosis Treated? | American Lung Association

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How Is Pulmonary Fibrosis Treated?

There is no cure for pulmonary fibrosis. Current treatments are aimed at slowing the course of the disease, relieving symptoms and helping you stay active and healthy. Treatments for PF include:


Depending on the type of pulmonary fibrosis you have, there may be medications to slow progression of the disease and others that will help relieve your symptoms. Only your medical provider can determine if any medications may be beneficial for you.

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Oxygen Therapy

Oxygen therapy (sometimes called supplemental oxygen) may be prescribed if your lung disease is preventing a healthy level of oxygen from getting into your bloodstream. It may help reduce your shortness of breath and make it easier for you to stay active.

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Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Pulmonary rehabilitation is a program that teaches you about your lung disease, how to exercise and manage your disease and provides support and counseling.

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Lung Transplant

Lung transplant evaluation should be recommended by your physician early after diagnosis

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Clinical Trials and PF

Clinical trials are being conducted to better understand how pulmonary fibrosis develops and to advance the treatments available. Clinical trials may give you access to new types of treatment being studied.

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Healthy Lifestyle

Treatment is only one part of living well with PF. Nutrition, exercise, stress management and protecting your lungs all have an impact on your disease.

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    Reviewed and approved by the American Lung Association Scientific and Medical Editorial Review Panel. Last reviewed February 5, 2018.

    Page Last Updated: March 13, 2018

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