Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) is a progressive condition where inflammation or scar tissue builds up In your lungs making them thick and hard. 

This build up of scar tissue is called fibrosis. This makes it increasingly difficult for the oxygen that you breathe in to get into the bloodstream.

About 5,000 people a year are diagnosed with IPF in the UK. It affects more men than women.

Symptoms include increasing shortness of breath, a cough that won't go away and feeling tired all the time.

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Support group

The Nottingham IPF support group can provide further support and guidance on how to cope with living with the condition or help someone who is visit their Facebook page.