Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD)
Interstitial lung disease (ILD) is an umbrella term for a large group of disorders that cause scarring (fibrosis) of the lungs. The scarring causes stiffness in the lungs which makes it difficult to breathe. Some example of ILDs include:
ILDs can be caused by exposure to hazardous chemicals, certain medications and medical treatments. In most cases, the causes are unknown. Lung damage from many ILDs is irreversible and progressive, meaning it gets worse over time. In some cases, it can be slowed by certain medications. Occasionally, people with ILDs will be recommended for lung transplants.
Work with your doctor to get specific treatment and care for your type of lung disease.