Restrictive Lung Disease: Facts You Need to Know

Restrictive Lung Disease: Facts You Need to Know

There are two major classifications for chronic lung diseases. One group of chronic lung diseases is classified as obstructive lung disease, which includes chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, (COPD) and emphysema. The other group is classified as restrictive lung...
What is the Cause of Pneumoconiosis?

What is the Cause of Pneumoconiosis?

Pneumoconiosis describes several occupational lung diseases that are caused by prolonged exposure to irritants like mineral dusts and particles. It is a type of interstitial lung disease, which is characterized by lung inflammation from inhaled substances that settle...
Can Breathing Metal Dust Hurt You?

Can Breathing Metal Dust Hurt You?

Breathing metal dust for any duration of time can have a negative effect on the lungs, but it can be particularly dangerous if you do so over an extended period of time. The lungs have a natural defense system to protect against foreign particles settling within, but...
What is Coal Worker’s Pneumoconiosis?

What is Coal Worker’s Pneumoconiosis?

Coal worker’s pneumoconiosis, also known as black lung disease, is an occupational lung condition that most commonly affects miners and other workers who have inhaled coal dust for an extended period of time. This interstitial lung disease occurs when dust from...
Is Silicosis Fatal?

Is Silicosis Fatal?

Yes, silicosis can be fatal. This respiratory disease is caused by inhaling crystalline silica dust, which produces inflammation and scarring when it settles into the lungs. As time passes, this scarring causes the lungs to stiffen. Silicosis is associated with...
What Is Siderosis?

What Is Siderosis?

Siderosis, also referred to as welder’s lung or silver polisher’s lung, is a lung disease caused by the inhalation of iron particles, whether through dust or fumes. This condition is a form of pneumoconiosis, a general term often used to refer to lung diseases caused...

How Do You Prevent Silicosis?

Silicosis is a form of pneumoconiosis, which is an occupational lung disease developed by breathing in particles of mineral dust. Silicosis is specifically caused by the inhalation of silica, a mineral present in mineral ores and rock such as quartz. Silica is most...
Is Black Lung Treatable? 

Is Black Lung Treatable? 

There is no cure for black lung disease, so treatment usually focuses on relieving symptoms and improving quality of life. Black lung, or coal worker’s pneumoconiosis (CWP), is an occupational lung disease that most commonly affects miners who have inhaled coal dust...
What is Pneumoconiosis?

What is Pneumoconiosis?

Pneumoconiosis is a term that can refer to any chronic lung condition caused by the inhalation of dust or toxic fibers. Silicosis (caused by the inhalation of silica dust), asbestosis (caused by the inhalation of asbestos) and black lung disease (caused by the...
Respiratory Diseases: What Are Chronic Lung Diseases?

Respiratory Diseases: What Are Chronic Lung Diseases?

It’s a simple question, so here’s a simple answer. As it stands today, there are more than 20 different varieties of chronic lung disease, affecting millions of individuals across the world. As one of the most common medical conditions in the world, the disease is...
Interstitial Lung Disease Life Expectancy

Interstitial Lung Disease Life Expectancy

Many people living with interstitial lung disease often wonder about their interstitial lung disease life expectancy. Interstitial lung disease (ILD) is a category of chronic lung conditions that affect the interstitium. More than 200 types of interstitial lung...
Obstructive and Restrictive Lung Disease: Your Complete Guide

Obstructive and Restrictive Lung Disease: Your Complete Guide

There are two major types of chronic lung disease. They are called obstructive lung disease and restrictive lung disease. For example, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is an obstructive lung disease. Pulmonary fibrosis is an example of a restrictive lung...
New Cases of Advanced Black Lung Disease Rise: What You Need to Know

New Cases of Advanced Black Lung Disease Rise: What You Need to Know

People living with pneumoconiosis, which includes black lung disease, silicosis and siderosis, understand the severity of their disease. Stemming from the Greek language, meaning dusty lungs, pneumoconiosis is a type of occupational lung disease caused by inhaling...
Black Lung Disease in Pittsburgh

Black Lung Disease in Pittsburgh

Using Cells to Treat Black Lung Depending on the part of the country you live in, black lung disease may be something that you are not familiar with at all. For those living in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States, particularly Pennsylvania, Kentucky, West...
Interstitial Lung Disease Progression

Interstitial Lung Disease Progression

Because there are so many varieties of interstitial lung disease, it can be challenging to feel like you have all of the information you need for your specific type. Understanding interstitial lung disease progression is important, so you can continue to be proactive...