Pneumoconiosis cannot be cured, but treatments can help make your life easier. Pneumoconiosis treatments focus on reducing inflammation that causes scarring and managing symptoms related to the disease.
The best treatment, though, is prevention. Pneumoconiosis is primarily caused by external irritants. By limiting your exposure to these irritants, you can greatly reduce your chances of developing this disease.
Leading causes of pneumoconiosis
Pneumoconiosis is commonly referred to as black lung disease because of its association with coal miners. The dust in coal mines can cause irritation to the lungs that lead to the development of pneumoconiosis.
Coal mines are not the only place that can cause harm to your lungs, though. Pneumoconiosis is commonly caused by exposure to the following:
- Coal dust
- Asbestos fibers
- Silica particles
- Metallic particles
- Chemical fumes
If you work in environments with exposure to any of the above, you should follow proper safety procedures. Make sure you wear safety equipment on the job site. When you’re finished with your shift, you need to wash skin and clothes that came in contact with any potential irritants because the residue can still get in your lungs.
Furthermore, if you’re a smoker, you should quit smoking. Smoking is the leading cause of lung disease and can directly contribute to pneumoconiosis. By quitting now, you can greatly reduce your chances of developing pneumoconiosis and other chronic lung diseases.
Treating pneumoconiosis with Lung Restoration Treatment
The first step in most pneumoconiosis treatments is to limit your exposure to whatever is causing the harm in your lungs.
The scarring that has been caused is irreversible, but treatments can help reduce inflammation that causes the scarring and can help improve your ability to breathe clearly. One treatment we offer at the Lung Health Institute is Lung Restoration Treatment™.
This is a minimally invasive procedure that uses a small portion of your own blood to fight lung disease. This blood is separated into concentrated forms that are inserted into your body to target the lungs. This treatment is proven to be effective in reducing inflammation and assisting pulmonary function in more than 80 percent of our patients.
Would you like to speak with one of our patient coordinators about Lung Restoration Treatment? Contact us today to learn more about your treatment options.