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How Do You Prevent Silicosis?

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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 often found in granite, clays, concrete, sandstone, sand, slate and other forms of ore. Workers that are regularly exposed to silica and are therefore more susceptible to developing silicosis include miners and construction workers that participate in sandblasting, demolition, rock drilling, concrete drilling and other jobs dealing directly with mineral ores and rock. In addition, foundry workers, silica millers, quarry workers and those working in the production of pottery, ceramics or glass are also at an increased risk for developing silicosis.

When a person develops silicosis, the inhaled irritant causes inflammation, eventually resulting in the development of scar tissue in the lungs. Because the process of the inflammation transforming into scar tissue can take quite a while, someone who has been exposed to silica may not develop the disease for months or even years after inhaling the mineral. However, once the scar tissue has developed, it is irreversible and can cause the lungs to harden. Hardening of the lungs creates interference with the lungs’ normal exchange of carbon dioxide and oxygen, which can put the person at a higher risk for respiratory failure, pulmonary tuberculosis and heart failure.

There are many actions a worker can take to prevent the development of silicosis. Some of these actions include:

  • Wearing personal protective equipment, such as a respirator, when working with or near materials that may contain silica
  • Washing the hands and face immediately after working with or near crystalline silica dust, and before eating or drinking
  • Using available water sprays and ventilation systems when working in confined areas
  • Changing into clean clothes before entering your car or home after exposure to silica

While there is currently no cure for silicosis, there are many treatment options available to manage the condition and improve an affected person’s quality of life. The Lung Institute offers a revolutionary approach to the treatment of interstitial lung diseases such as silicosis: cellular therapy. Our procedures are safe and minimally invasive and are geared toward not only alleviating the symptoms of silicosis, but also at potentially slowing the overall progression of the disease and relieving lung inflammation.

To learn more about the cellular therapy we offer as an alternative treatment for silicosis, call the caring Lung Institute team today at (800) 729-3065.

4 Comments

  1. Lung Institute

    2 months ago

    Rabbiya:

    Thank you for your question regarding silicosis. Silicosis is caused by exposure to crystalline silica, which comes from chipping, cutting, drilling, or grinding soil, sand, granite, or other minerals. Any occupation where the earth’s crust is disturbed can cause silicosis. A long list of occupations are known that expose workers to crystalline silica that is inhaled.

    So, if what you are demolishing in your house contains any of these products, then you are increasing your chances of developing silicosis. We would recommend consulting with your doctor for a diagnosis.

    We’re happy to answer your questions about cells, treatment options, candidacy and cost. So, feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  2. Rabbiya

    2 months ago

    Can you get Silicosis by demolition and repairing od walls in your hoUse while living there.

  3. Lung Institute

    8 months ago

    Joe:

    You will have to discuss that with your personal physician. Your doctor may have tests that will help determine the source. The majority of COPD cases are from smoking, but there is research that indicates that long-term exposure to lung irritants such as industrial dust and chemical fumes can cause it.

    At the Lung Institute, we provide an alternative treatment option for people with Lung Disease such as COPD or Pulmonary Fibrosis. If you are interested to learn more about our options please contact one of our patient coordinators at (888) 510-7519 for more information. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Kind regards,

    The Lung Institute

  4. Joe

    8 months ago

    Hello. I just wanted to know how can I get my doctor to confirm that it’s work-related thank you

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