Symptoms

Symptoms of Pulmonary Fibrosis

Symptoms of pulmonary fibrosis often begin gradually and worsen as the scarring progresses. In the early stages of the disease, symptoms occur with exertion, but eventually they may interfere with activities of daily living, such as dressing, bathing and eating.

Some people with pulmonary fibrosis may experience acute exacerbation, a sudden and severe worsening of symptoms that requires emergency treatment.

Symptoms of pulmonary fibrosis include:

  • Dry cough that won’t go away
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Chest pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Clubbed (rounded) fingers and toes

Related Resources

Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation*

Lung Biopsy Podcast: Get detailed information about how a lung biopsy is performed and how to prepare for it.


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