If your mother has Interstitial Lung Disease and she is symptomatic with cough
and breathlessness, the treatment is steroids
. The dose is gradually built up till symptoms are controlled and then taperd off to the minimum dosage that keeps the symtoms under check. This may take between 3 to 6 months. Though oral steroids have lot of side effects but they normally are seen if they are taKen for more than 6 months to 1 year and not all patients develop these side effects. With constant lookout for them and preventive measures by your family physician these can be minimised. Some of the preventive measures are calcium and Vit D supplements, optimizing BP medicines, A PPI or H2 blocker to avoid gastritis
and regular check for Diabetes
and avoiding weight gain.