Symptoms

Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

Early in the disease, symptoms of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) can be very mild which can make it difficult to detect. This can also lead to a delayed diagnosis, common symptoms can include:

Shortness of breath

which is particularly noticeable when walking up hills or climbing stairs, and a general reduced exercise capacity or inability to perform usual activities without breathlessness.

A dry, hacking cough that doesn’t get better

Some people may produce clear phlegm.

Weight loss

Gradual and unintended.

Clubbing of fingernails and toenails

Beak-shaped finger and toenails, commonly known as ‘clubbing’.