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Frequently Asked Questions

  

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Backgrounder: FAQ

Can I exercise?1

Exercise may help to minimise the effects of IPF and have a positive effect on your sense of well-being. Of course, your ability to exercise depends on a variety of factors, including how advanced the disease is, as well as your age and general health. You should talk to your doctor before embarking on any exercise regime, as they can help to evaluate your condition and determine an appropriate level of activity.

What can I do to help myself?1

Listen to your doctor. Avoid risk of infection. Eat well. Remain as active as possible. Vaccinate against flus and other sicknesses, including pneumonia. Stay positive and enjoy life. Learn and practice relaxation techniques. Don’t be embarrassed to ask for support from friends and family. You can also join a support group and help others with IPF. You may gain strength in knowing that you are helping future patients and researchers by advocating for the pulmonary fibrosis community.

Can I travel?2

Yes, but it is always wise to check with your doctor first. Be cautious at high altitudes because the low oxygen levels in the air may cause increased breathlessness. If you are placed on the lung transplant list, you must be in close proximity to the hospital at all times.

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