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1. Is sarcoidosis treatable?
There is no cure for sarcoidosis so far. However, with treatment a person can lead a near normal life.
2. Which medicines are commonly prescribed for sarcoidosis management?
Medicines prescribed for sarcoidosis are usually corticosteroids or immunosuppressive medications like methotrexate as they suppress the immune system, thus reducing inflammation.
3. Is surgery a part of sarcoidosis treatment?
Surgery is rarely offered to treat sarcoidosis, as it responds to oral treatment given and sometimes may resolve even without treatment. However, if there is extensive damage to organs like lungs, heart, kidneys one can opt for an organ transplant.
4. Can a physical therapist help me in treating sarcoidosis?
Yes physical therapy can help, especially when lungs are affected. Breathing exercises, strength training and endurance exercises are also recommended by physical therapists (physiotherapists) to improve lung capacity and keep up general health.
5. What is the duration of sarcoidosis treatment?
The course of treatment can vary from patient to patient, however in stage 2 or stage 3, oral steroids can continue for 6-24 months with gradual tapering of steroids.