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Interstitial Lung Disease

Lung & Sleep Institute

Pulmonologist, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine Specialist located in White Plains, MD

Interstitial lung disease leads to scarring and inflammation of your lungs, which can make you struggle to catch your breath. White Plains, Maryland’s expert pulmonologists, Song C. Chon, MD and Abbas Omais, MD, of the Lung & Sleep Institute, can get to the root of your condition. They offer innovative treatments to help improve your lung function, as well as your quality of life. Book your evaluation through the online scheduling feature or call the clinic.

Interstitial Lung Disease Q & A

What is interstitial lung disease?

Interstitial lung disease is an umbrella term for several types of lung disorders, including sarcoidosis and chronic pneumonia. These conditions lead to scarring of your lungs and disrupt your breathing.

It’s believed that interstitial lung disease stems from an injury that occurs when your lungs trigger an over-reactive healing response to repair the damage. Rather than repairing tissues as needed, your body goes into overdrive and causes tissues to develop around your air sacs (alveoli).

Interstitial lung disease includes pulmonary fibrosis, which is the most common and most deadly form of these disorders. Over time, interstitial lung disease takes such a toll on your breathing that you can’t get enough oxygen into your bloodstream, which can lead to further issues.

How do I know if I have interstitial lung disease?

The signs and symptoms of interstitial lung disease often mimic other chronic lung conditions, so having a thorough diagnosis with experienced physicians like Dr. Chon and Dr. Omais is essential. One of the most common red flags of interstitial lung disease is having shortness of breath while you’re at rest.

For men and women with interstitial lung disease, it’s typical to have difficulty catching your breath during exertion. You’re also likely going to have a dry cough, as opposed to a wet cough that’s more commonly associated with pneumonia or asthma.

Can interstitial lung disease be cured?

Getting started on treatment with interstitial lung disease is essential because once the scar tissue builds up, it can’t be reversed. Interstitial lung disease treatments are designed to improve symptoms, slow the disease’s progression, or possibly stop the condition from getting worse. You may benefit from:

  • Corticosteroid medications
  • Stomach acid-reducing medications
  • Oxygen therapy

Dr. Chon and Dr. Omais could even suggest pulmonary rehabilitation, which involves performing breathing techniques and physical exercise to improve your lung function. While rare, if your case of interstitial lung disease is getting worse or is dramatically lowering your quality of life, you could need a lung transplant. Rest assured, the team at the Lung & Sleep Institute work hard to help resolve your symptoms to improve your breathing.

Book your interstitial lung disease evaluation at the Lung & Sleep Institute either online or over the phone.