Pulmonary Fibrosis is the medical term for the scarring and damaging of the lungs. This scarring is caused by other medical conditions, inhaled toxins, infections or inflammation. The problem with pulmonary fibrosis is that the scar tissue in the lungs prevents the lungs from working as they should. The surface area that can absorb oxygen becomes much smaller as the condition progresses, eventually causing major breathing problems. There is no treatment for this disease, but the symptoms can be made more bearable. A final resort might be a Lung Transplant.
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Pulmonary Fibrosis Medical Questions
When getting a quote for Travel Insurance to cover this condition, you will be asked a number of questions. These will include:
- Can you always walk 200yds on the flat without becoming short of breath?
- Are you short of breath at rest?
- How many chest infections have you had in the last year?
- Have you been prescribed oxygen for use at home?
- Have you ever been a smoker?
If you are travelling with others, we can include them on the policy even if they do not have any pre existing medical conditions.
While there is no reason why people with Pulmonary Fibrosis should not travel, there are some precautions to take in advance.
People who suffer from this condition should be able to travel by air, as long as their condition is stable and has not degenerated recently. When travelling by air, alert the airline before travel of your condition. If you require the use of oxygen it is possible to use the on flight oxygen if arranged in advance.
Check with your Doctor about any additional need for oxygen if you are travelling to an area of higher altitude.
If you are on any medication, such as steroids, make sure you carry enough to last for the entire trip, as well as extra in case of emergency or delay.
Carry with you a recent prescription from your doctor, including a letter detailing your condition.
Before you leave the country, it is important to purchase a Travel Insurance policy that will cover Pulmonary Fibrosis or any other pre existing medical condition you may have.
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