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Management and Support

Although there is no cure for IPF, there are many ways to help you manage it.

Staying as active as possible is important for people with pulmonary fibrosis. Regular exercise strengthens muscles and makes them more resistant to fatigue. Ideally someone with IPF should join a pulmonary rehabilitation program and exercise under the supervision of a health-care provider.

Pulmonary rehabilitation and education programs teach patients how to breathe more efficiently (using as little energy as possible), manage their symptoms and perform their activities of daily living with less breathlessness. To find out if there is a pulmonary rehabilitation program or an exercise maintenance program in your area, click here and enter your province and town or your postal code and a search distance.

If you smoke, try to quit. The effects of tobacco can worsen shortness of breath.

Early treatment of chest infections is important. Getting vaccines for flu and pneumonia to try to prevent infections and possible flare-ups.

IPF Support

To learn more about IPF (Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis) and IPF resources available in Ontario and Canada, call The Lung Association Lung Health Information Line at 1-888-344-LUNG (5864) to speak with a Certified Respiratory Educator.