Viral Infections Raise Risk of IPF But Not of Disease Worsening
Pulmonary Fibrosis News Columnist and Forum Moderator Charlene Marshall summarizes a 2019 meta-analysis study, investigating the relationship between viral infections and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF).
It is not uncommon for patients living with IPF to socially isolate themselves from others who are sick during cold and flu season. This can be due to the immense fear that comes from catching a viral or bacterial infection with already-compromised lungs.
While this meta-analysis study reveals that viral infections do not necessarily cause a worsening, or exacerbation of the disease itself; the symptoms of a viral infection can be very difficult on a patient living with IPF. What precautions do you take to try and avoid getting sick during cold and flu season?
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