Black lung is a type of interstitial lung disease — coal worker’s pneumoconiosis — that is caused by prolonged exposure to coal dust. This dust contains heavy metals that are toxic in even low concentrations.
Black lung is common in many miners and others whose jobs put them in contact with coal dust. Over time, the metal particles collect in the lungs’ air sacs, causing inflammation and infection and leading to shortness of breath, coughing and fatigue. There are two types of black lung, also known as coal worker’s pneumoconiosis: simple and complicated. There is evidence that black lung can develop even after exposure is ended.
Black lung symptoms are treatable
Black lung is treatable, but is not curable. It is a progressive disease that gets worse over time. Sometimes, black lung can even lead to other progressive lung diseases, like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Any treatment options will typically only focus on the symptoms of black lung and focus on improving quality of life rather than prolonging it. Much of the effort is spent on trying to reduce exposure and provider better work controls to prevent the disease in the first place.
Treatment options for black lung may include medications like steroids and bronchodilators that can help reduce inflammation and open airways. Oxygen therapy may also be used to improve breathing and reduce the risk of low blood oxygen levels, which can damage organs. Lung transplantation may be recommended for patients with more advanced cases of black lung.
Cellular therapy may help treat black lung
Cellular therapy may also be a treatment option for those with black lung. Cellular therapy is a minimally invasive, regenerative therapy that uses cells from the patient’s own body. These cells may replicate themselves and help encourage healthy tissue to grow throughout the body. With the Lung Health Institute’s minimally invasive outpatient treatment, we take a blood sample from the patient and enrich it with platelet-rich plasma. We then reintroduce the cells to the patient’s body to target the lungs, which may help to reduce the inflammation within the lungs.
For information on cellular therapy as a treatment for black lung, contact the Lung Health Institute at 855-882-1292 today. You can also read through the life-changing testimonials of the patients who have found relief from our cellular therapy treatment.