What Is Pneumoconiosis?

by | May 31, 2018 | Blog, Lung Disease, Pneumoconiosis

Pneumoconiosis is an occupational type of lung disease that develops from long-term exposure to coal dust, silica, iron particles and other contaminants. There are several types of pneumoconiosis, including silicosis, black lung and siderosis. Symptoms include shortness of breath, coughing, and mucus buildup. Since it’s a progressive illness with no cure, traditional treatment — medication, oxygen therapy, pulmonary rehabilitation — will only ease the severity of side effects.

How to Treat Pneumoconiosis?

Pneumoconiosis treatment will depend on the type you have. With simple pneumoconiosis, there’s only a small amount of scar tissue. Complicated pneumoconiosis, on the other hand, or progressive massive fibrosis, is often characterized by extensive scarring. Quitting smoking may help improve lung function and well-being, as well as avoiding further exposure to contaminants. However, evidence shows that many people can show symptoms even years after leaving the occupation that put them at risk.

Prevention efforts include reducing exposure, providing workplace controls like ventilation and personal protective equipment like respirators. Best practices also tell those around workplace contaminants to wash hands thoroughly before eating and drinking, and to shower and change into clean clothes before going home.

Medications like bronchodilators may open lung passages and improve breathing in those with pneumoconiosis. Supplemental oxygen therapy may also be necessary, since as lung function decreases, so does the lungs’ ability to carry oxygen throughout the body. Oxygen therapy may help reduce the risk of hypoxia, or low blood oxygen, which can damage organs.

Cellular Therapy for Pneumoconiosis

Finally, cellular therapy may help those with chronic lung conditions. Unlike other treatment options, cellular therapy helps to reduce the inflammation in the lungs, treating the underlying cause of pneumoconiosis. By using the patient’s own cells to help encourage the growth of new, healthy tissue in the lungs, our treatment may help you find relief from this condition.

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