Pneumoconiosis is a term for a group of diseases whose signs and symptoms may be mistaken for bronchitis or other lung conditions in the initial stages. However, there are some signs and symptoms of pneumoconiosis that separate this class of diseases from other lung conditions. Pneumoconiosis refers to a class of lung diseases that are caused by the inhaling of various types of mineral dust, typically while at work.
Some of the diseases whose signs and symptoms are classified as pneumoconiosis include black lung disease, silicosis and siderosis. These diseases fall into the pneumoconiosis class because they are caused by the long-term inhalation of coal dust, crystalline silica dust and iron dust respectively. These three diseases are also placed in the category of pneumoconiosis because of their similar external and internal signs and symptoms.
External Signs and Symptoms of Pneumoconiosis
Though the mineral dust that directly causes black lung disease, silicosis and siderosis differ, one of the common features that leads to their classification as pneumoconiosis is the external signs and symptoms they present. In fact these three types of pneumoconiosis all present with the external signs and symptoms of:
- Extended coughing fits which increase in frequency and duration over time
- A noticeable wheezing sound during inhaling and exhaling
- Shortness of breath that first affects mild physical activities and as time passes begins to affect everyday activities
- Unusually high levels of fatigue when performing normal activities
Internal Signs and Symptoms of Pneumoconiosis
As with their externally visible signs and symptoms, black lung disease, silicosis and siderosis also exhibit the same internal signs and symptoms which leads to their classification as pneumoconiosis. The internal pneumoconiosis signs and symptoms that these three diseases share include:
- Pulmonary fibrosis, which is a thickening of lung tissues due to scarring
- Lung inflammation caused by the inhaled mineral dust
- The diminished ability of the lungs to exchange carbon dioxide for oxygen, which leads to lower blood oxygenation levels
Cellular Therapy May Help Alleviate the Signs and Symptoms of Pneumoconiosis
At the Lung Health Institute, our team promotes the use of cellular therapy as a natural way to potentially reduce and heal the signs and symptoms of pneumoconiosis. Contact one of our helpful patient coordinators today to find out more about how cellular therapy may help with this condition.