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Prevention

If there is a known cause of pulmonary fibrosis exists, removal from the environment or occupation can be effective. Some jobs increase your risk of being exposed to small particles that can damage your alveoli and cause fibrosis. This can be prevented by measures specifically designed for each industry and each job.

Sometimes this is accomplished by dust control or improved ventilation, and most importantly, if you work in the environment with harmful chemicals – wear of masks or other breathing device.

It is harder to prevent Idiopathic PF, as we don’t know what is causing it. Avoiding smoking and second hand smoke maybe able to lower the risk of IPF. You can also try to reduce your exposure to toxins that damage the lungs by wearing protective gear.

Keep in mind that people with pulmonary fibrosis can also join any lung health support group in the community. We can help you find a support group.