Generally, the outlook for living with pneumoconiosis is pretty good. If the disease is identified early enough and if you get treatment, you can live a long and quality life. However, if the disease is severe or is allowed to progress without treatment, it can lead to greater problems like respiratory failure or heart failure.
Treatments for pneumoconiosis can help you reduce inflammation and control the symptoms of the disease. Before you can get treatment though, your physician will need to diagnose the disease and determine its severity to decide the best course of action.
Determining the severity of pneumoconiosis
Pneumoconiosis is a progressive disease that develops slowly over time. By the time you notice its symptoms, it may have just begun or it may have advanced far in its progression. Either way, you can benefit from treatment, but your physician will need to determine its stage to develop a treatment that will be most effective.
Generally, pneumoconiosis is recognized as mild or severe:
- Simple pneumoconiosis – This causes mild scarring in the lung tissue that displays little-to-no symptoms of the condition. This stage of pneumoconiosis is typically identified in a health screening, and avoiding the environments that contribute to your disease may be enough to constitute an effective treatment.
- Complicated pneumoconiosis – This form of pneumoconiosis is accompanied by more symptoms like shortness of breath, wheezing and frequent coughing. If left untreated, pneumoconiosis will continue to progress from here and lead to further complications. Treatments for this stage of pneumoconiosis are more involved than for the simple stage.
Treatments for pneumoconiosis
The most important step in treating pneumoconiosis is to reduce your exposure to the environment that is contributing to your disease. Pneumoconiosis is caused by dust, silica particles, asbestos fibers, chemical fumes and other harmful agents that could be inhaled and irritate the lungs.
By removing yourself from these environments, the inflammation in your lungs should slow down.
If your pneumoconiosis is more complicated, you may be prescribed inhalers, pulmonary therapy or supplemental oxygen to help you breathe.
Another treatment option you have is Lung Restoration Treatment™ from the Lung Health Institute. Lung Restoration Treatment is a minimally invasive procedure that uses a small sample of your own blood to take on lung disease.
This sample of blood is processed into concentrated forms of cells that are introduced into your lungs to help reduce inflammation and improve your ability to breathe. More than 80 percent of Lung Restoration Treatment™ patients have reported an improved ability to breathe.
Would you like to speak with a patient coordinator at the Lung Health Institute about Lung Restoration Treatment? Contact us today to learn more and discover your treatment options. We are ready to join you on your journey toward breathing better again.