How do I manage my pulmonary fibrosis on a daily basis?

Following your doctor-prescribed treatment plan and making lifestyle changes are important to managing your pulmonary fibrosis and improving your quality of life. Aside from taking medications and following other recommendations made by your doctor, you should enroll in pulmonary rehabilitation. The program will teach you different ways to manage your pulmonary fibrosis with programs for diet, exercise, efficient breathing, education, counseling, and emotional support. Your doctors and program directors will encourage you to:

  • Quit smoking and avoid secondhand smoke.
  • Be active. Physical activity will keep your strength up, manage stress, and maintain lung function.
  • Eat a healthy diet that includes whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean meats, poultry, fish, and beans. Consumption of foods high in cholesterol, saturated fat, trans fat, salt, and added sugar should be kept at a minimum.
  • Sleep more to increase energy and manage your stress.
  • Be positive.

If you know of situations such as air travel and high altitudes that will aggravate your pulmonary fibrosis, avoid them. Talk to your doctor and rehabilitation specialists for other ways to manage your pulmonary fibrosis.

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