Compare ILD to Diseases with Similar Symptoms


When it comes to interstitial lung disease (ILD), early diagnosis is key. That’s because ILD may be progressive, meaning it worsens over time. The sooner a diagnosis is made, the sooner you can begin assessing options for managing the disease.

Diagnosing ILD, however, isn’t always easy. It can cause persistent symptoms that resemble those of more common conditions, making it easy to mistake ILD for other diseases. This tool is designed to help—you can use it to learn which ILD symptoms overlap with other conditions. That way, you’ll be better prepared to talk with your healthcare provider about your specific symptoms and what they might mean.


Select Symptom(s)

Click on symptoms to see if they could be signs of ILD, some other respiratory disease, or both. If you’d like to unselect a symptom you’ve already selected, simply click on it again. Remember, some autoimmune diseases may cause ILD. If you have an autoimmune disease, you may experience symptoms related to the autoimmune disease that are not listed here. These are not all the possible symptoms that a person with ILD could experience, and the presence of symptoms does not necessarily mean you have ILD. Your healthcare provider will be able to make the appropriate diagnosis for you.

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See Other Possible Disease(s)

Below is a list of a few diseases that may be associated with the symptoms you selected. Please note that this is not a comprehensive list and should be used as a tool to help your discussions with your healthcare provider.

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Symptoms in Common with ILD
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Important Reminder

If you've been treated for asthma, COPD, or congestive heart failure but have been unable to find relief from your symptoms, consider asking your healthcare provider about ILD.


Talk with Your Healthcare Provider

Now that you have a better understanding of ILD symptoms and how they are easily misdiagnosed, the next step is to talk with your healthcare provider about your specific symptoms and what they might mean.

Take the next step by finding pulmonologists in your area.

Prepare for an appointment with your pulmonologist by learning about the diagnostic process.

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