What Happens If You Get Dust in Your Lungs?

by | Jun 29, 2018 | Lung Disease

Unfortunately, there is dust everywhere we go. Some places may have more than others, but our lungs are most likely exposed to dust on a daily basis. What matters is your lungs’ ability to fight back against the dust that could make all the difference when protecting your body from developing serious illnesses.

The more you are exposed to dust, the more you put yourself at risk for inhaling dust that scars your lungs and results in a disease. While the body has numerous defense mechanisms to handle dust, there is a chance the dust will reach the lungs.

The Damage Done by Dust

Any dust that reaches the lungs gets through to the tiny air sacs, or alveoli, whose job is to receive oxygen and release carbon dioxide. There is another form of defense at this point, and that is the macrophages, which are special cells that will attack the dust to the best of its ability.

Macrophages essentially take the dust particles found in the sacs and pushes them back up to the throat where they are then eventually spit out. When exposed to large amounts of dust particles, any that are not eliminated by macrophages begin to pile up in the lung tissue, injuring the lungs and causing irreversible damage.

Symptoms of Dust Inhalation

If you notice that you are having a hard time breathing, you’re experiencing shortness of breath, coughing more than usual, wheezing or notice excess mucus, you may have damaged your lungs from inhaling dust particles. See a doctor right away.

Scarring within the lungs can occur and lead to numerous lung diseases. Some of these diseases can be chronic and irreversible depending on how soon you catch the symptoms, so make sure you are paying attention to what your body is telling you.

Treating Lungs Damaged by Dust

While some damage done by dust, mold and other pollutants can be irreversible, cellular therapy at Lung Health Institute can help reduce the symptoms that you may be feeling. Cellular therapy may help reduce the inflammation in the lungs that is caused by dust inhalation by using the patient’s own cells to promote the body’s natural healing ability.

If you have lung damage caused by prolonged exposure to dust and harmful particles, contact Lung Health Institute today and speak with a patient coordinator today to find out if cellular therapy is the correct step in your journey to Breathe™ Easier.


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