Black Lung disease is caused by dust particles that are inhaled and become trapped in the lungs, causing damage and permanent scarring that affect your ability to breathe. This disease affects both the bronchial tubes (airways) of your lungs and the alveoli (air sacs).
As dust builds up in your airways or air sacs, the lungs respond by developing inflammation to seal the dust to keep it from causing more harm. However, as inflammation becomes more frequent, it leads to scarring that permanently damages your lungs and causes shortness of breath.
Getting treatment for the disease will not reverse damage caused by scarring but it can help patients who have it breathe better again and live a fuller quality of life with the disease.
The first step in getting treatment, though, is identifying the symptoms to know when to seek help.
Symptoms of pneumoconiosis
The symptoms of pneumoconiosis often take long to develop, though they can develop quickly in some patients. These symptoms include:
- A persistent cough that may be dry or may produce mucus
- Shortness of breath
If you’re displaying any of these symptoms, please visit your health care provider for diagnosis and treatment.
Remember, pneumoconiosis is caused by external factors like dust, so your risk for developing the disease is increased by exposure to the following:
- Coal dust
- Asbestos fibers
- Silica particles
- Metallic particles
- Chemical fumes
Treatment for pneumoconiosis
Treatment cannot cure pulmonary fibrosis, but it can help control its symptoms and reduce inflammation. Many treatments for pulmonary fibrosis include:
The primary treatment for pneumoconiosis is to reduce your exposure to the environment that is contributing to your disease. This means, if you’re a coal miner who’s been diagnosed, you need to find a job that is safer for your health.
Pneumoconiosis cannot be cured but treatments, like inhalers or pulmonary rehabilitation, can help you breathe more clearly.
At the Lung Health Institute, we offer Lung Restoration Treatment™ to help reduce inflammation caused by lung disease. Inflammation in the lungs is one of the primary causes of scarring. With Lung Restoration Treatment™, your body can fight inflammation that causes scarring and helps you breathe easier again.
Would you like to speak with a patient coordinator at the Lung Health Institute about Lung Restoration Treatment? Contact us today to discover your treatment options.