Can interstitial lung disease be prevented?

There is no way to prevent idiopathic or genetic ILD, but it is possible to prevent some of the types with known causes. You can reduce your risk by:

  • Wearing a respirator (a mask that filters particles from the air) around harmful substances, such as asbestos, metal dusts or chemicals.
  • Quitting smoking.
  • Receiving immunizations for flu and pneumonia to help protect your lungs.

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