Many people have the misconception that lung diseases are more common in men than women. The reality is that the number of women who fall prey to lung diseases is very high in the United States. In fact, a recent study conducted by experts revealed that the percentage of women who are dying from lung diseases is on the rise.

Fortunately, diagnosing lung disease in the early stages and implementing an effective treatment plan will help you to prevent spreading of the disease. So, it is best to schedule regular visits to our free womens clinic, as it will help you to ensure that you have not fallen prey to any lung diseases.

On the other hand, if the results of the tests are positive, the experienced healthcare provider at your disposal will suggest an effective treatment plan for you, to prevent the spreading of the disease. One of the most common lung diseases that affect women is pulmonary fibrosis.

In simple words, pulmonary fibrosis can be defined as a health disease that affects millions of women due to scarring or damaging of the lung tissue. Scarring in your lung tissues will prevent your lungs from functioning properly. As a result, you will have trouble breathing.

It is significant to note that a number of factors can cause the scarring of lung tissue, which is associated with pulmonary fibrosis. However, in most cases, healthcare providers find it difficult to pinpoint the main culprit behind the issue. If they are unable to identify the cause of this lung disease, then they use the term ‘idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis’ to define the health condition.

Many patients who visit low income health clinics are not aware of the fact that the lung damage which is caused by pulmonary fibrosis cannot be fixed permanently. However, healthcare providers will still be able to suggest therapies and medications, which will help alleviate the symptoms of lung diseases. Unfortunately, some women with pulmonary fibrosis may be even advised to undergo a lung transplant.

Some of the most noticeable symptoms of pulmonary fibrosis are as follows.

  • Rounding and widening of the fingertips
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • A dry cough
  • Shortness of breath

If you are experiencing any of the above-mentioned symptoms, visit our free womens clinic to get medical assistance.

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    About the Author

    Dr. Ghassan M. Al-Jazayrly, MD

    A graduate of University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Al-Jazayrly or, as he is colloquially known: Dr. AJ, is an oncologist and hematologist of a Complete Care Community Health Center (CCCHC) with more than 36 years of experience. In recent years, he’s been involved with a non profit organization known as Every Woman Counts (EWC) which provides free breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services to California’s underserved populations in order to eliminate health disparities for low-income individuals.

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