Factors that may make you more susceptible to interstitial lung disease include:

  • Age. Interstitial lung disease is much more likely to affect adults, although infants and children sometimes develop the disorder.
  • Exposure to occupational and environmental toxins. If you work in mining, farming or construction or for any reason are exposed to pollutants known to damage your lungs, your risk of interstitial lung disease greatly increases.
  • Smoking. Some forms of interstitial lung disease are more likely to occur in people with a history of smoking, and active smoking may make the condition worse.
  • Radiation and chemotherapy. Having radiation treatments to your chest or using some chemotherapy drugs makes it more likely that you'll develop lung disease.
  • Oxygen. Continually inhaling very high levels of therapeutic oxygen for more than 48 hours can harm the lungs.
Jul. 09, 2011