What is Interstitial Lung Disease?

Interstitial Lung Disease

Commonly known as ILD, Interstitial Lung Disease is a collective term for a varying group of diseases that can cause scarring in the lungs. This scarring results in stiffness in the lungs which makes breathing difficult. Here are a few examples of ILD diseases:

  1. Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis
  2. Sarcoidosis
  3. Asbestosis
  4. Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis

Mostly, ILD is caused by exposure to hazardous chemicals, some medications, and treatment of any particular disease. The lung damage from an ILD disease may or may not be reversible. It may also be progressive i.e. it gets worse over time. In most cases, it gets slowed down by consuming medicines.

Symptoms of Interstitial Lung Disease:

The symptoms of interstitial lung disease vary from person to person. However, the most common symptoms are:

  1. Breath shortness during physical activities
  2. Dry cough with phlegm
  3. Extreme fatigue, tiredness, and weakness
  4. Losing appetite
  5. No reason weight loss
  6. Pain in the chest
  7. Labored breathing that can be either fast or slow
  8. Bleeding in the lungs


If you are suffering from any of the above-mentioned symptoms then you must consult a pulmonologist. Dr. Pankaj Gulati is one of the best pulmonologists in Jaipur that can provide you treatment for all lung diseases at BreathClinic, Jaipur.