Pneumoconiosis develops as a result of prolonged occupational exposure to coal dust, silica, iron particles and other contaminants. The chronic lung condition has several forms, including black lung, silicosis and siderosis. Symptoms include coughing, shortness of breath and a buildup of mucus. Pneumoconiosis is a progressive illness with no cure, but there are treatment guidelines that may ease the severity of side effects. This treatment may include lifestyle changes, medication, oxygen therapy and cellular therapy.
Treatment options for pneumoconiosis
Pneumoconiosis treatment will depend on which type you have — simple, which causes a small amount of scar tissue, or complicated, also known as progressive massive fibrosis. The latter is often characterized by much more scarring. For those who are smokers, quitting may help improve lung function. More importantly, smoking may make the symptoms of pneumoconiosis worse, and may lead to other complications. Along those same lines, avoiding further exposure to contaminants is recommended. However, evidence shows that many people may show symptoms of pneumoconiosis even years after leaving the occupation that put them at risk.
Medications like bronchodilators may open lung passages and improve breathing. Supplemental oxygen therapy may also be necessary. As lung function decreases, so does the ability of the lungs to carry oxygen throughout the body. Oxygen therapy may help avoid the effects of hypoxia, or low blood oxygen.
Cellular therapy for pneumoconiosis
Finally, cellular therapy may help those with pneumoconiosis. Unlike other treatment options, cellular therapy helps to encourage the growth of new tissue, which helps to treat the underlying cause of pneumoconiosis. The Lung Health Institute uses the patient’s own cells to encourage the growth of new, healthy tissue that may help treat pneumoconiosis and other chronic lung diseases and help you breathe easier. Many patients find their quality of life improved after cellular therapy, and may even be able to reduce reliance on oxygen and medication (though you should always check with your doctor before modifying any treatments). To learn more about cellular therapy, contact our on of our patient coordinators today at 855-882-1292.