Common Pneumoconiosis Causes
While many lung diseases have several causes, pneumoconiosis has one specific trigger: the inhalation of toxic dust particles. When dust accumulates in the lungs, it can trigger an inflammatory reaction and the production of excess scar tissue. Pneumoconiosis causes a gradual loss of lung function and a variety of uncomfortable symptoms.
There are many different types of dust particles that have been associated with pneumoconiosis. These include:
Because exposure to these dust particles most frequently occurs at industrial worksites, pneumoconiosis is considered to be an occupational lung disease. Most people who develop the condition have experienced routine, high-dose exposures over the course of many years.
Early-stage pneumoconiosis usually only causes a few minor symptoms, such as an occasional cough. More advanced forms of the disease, however, involve significantly more scarring and inflammation, and, as a result, more frequent and noticeable symptoms. It’s common, for instance, to cough up phlegm or feel short of breath even while at rest.
Many traditional treatments that are available alleviate the symptoms that pneumoconiosis causes, but do not do much to slow the progression of the disease. However, while stem cell therapy cannot reverse existing lung damage, it does have the potential to relieve inflammation, slow the progression of the disease, and improve a patient’s quality of life.
At the Lung Institute, we offer autologous stem cell treatment to help our patients breathe easier. Our caring team can help you determine if stem cell therapy might be right for you. To learn more, contact the Lung Institute at (800) 729-3065.