Pulmonary Fibrosis
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis causes inflammation and scarring of the lower part of the lungs. It generally affects males in their 6th through 8th decades of life. Patients usually experience persistent coughing, shortness of breath and fatigue. The disease worsens at variable rates; in the most unfortunate individuals the illness could advance quickly to a terminal, end stage condition in a matter of months, but in most cases the progression is slower. Although no true cure exists for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, doctors prescribe drugs to alleviate the symptoms of the disease.
The “flu” describes a viral infection of the upper respiratory tract and lungs caused by the virus influenza. Patients with influenza usually complain of fevers, body aches, cough and an overwhelming feeling of fatigue. These symptoms commonly last for seven to ten days, although many new anti-viral medications have helped decrease the duration. In elderly or more debilitated patients the “flu” may have more serious consequences. These patients can progress to more serious illnesses including pneumonia (infection of the lungs). Two varieties of pneumonia complicating the flu exist: a direct infection of the influenza virus itself into the lungs or a secondary bacterial pneumonia.

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