Silicosis is most
commonly diagnosed in people over the age of forty as it usually
takes years of exposure before the effects of the gradually progressive
lung damage becomes apparent. Damage to the lung tissue means
that the lungs cannot perform their function of supplying oxygen
to the blood as well as they should. The symptoms resulting from
this include a cough, with or without sputum, shortness of breath
particularly on exertion, and chest tightness. These symptoms
of silicosis develop over time as the lung tissue becomes irreversibly
damaged by fibrosis and is replaced with solid nodules of scar
tissue. This gets getting worse as the lung damage increases.
In the most common
form of silicosis, called chronic silicosis, these symptoms develop
over many years of exposure. However, in the rarer form, called
acute silicosis, the symptoms develop very quickly after only
a short period of exposure to high levels of silica dust. In this
acute form sufferers can sometimes die within a year.
The damage suffered
by the lungs leaves a person susceptible to lung infections, and
to TB in particular. Smoking not only aggravates the symptoms
of silicosis but also speeds up the progress of the disease. For
this reason it is essential that those diagnosed with silicosis
are helped to give up smoking.There is no cure for silicosis.
Itís essential that the person with silicosis remove themselves
from the risks of further silica exposure and that they stop smoking.
In the winter immunization against influenza ('flu') is recommended.
Sufferers should also have a vaccination against pneumococcal
infection, a very common cause of pneumonia. Treatment to reduce
inflammation and improve lung function may help and home oxygen
therapy can be provided when needed to help with breathing difficulties.
crystalline silica is commonly found in sandstone, granite, slate,
coal, and pure silica sand so people who work with these materials,
as well as foundry workers, rock cutters, rock drillers and
sandblasters are at high risk. Men tend to be affected more often
than women since they are more likely to have been exposed to the
silica.There are three types of silicosis, depending upon the airborne
concentration of crystalline silica to which a worker has been exposed:
silicosis usually occurs after 10 or more years of
silicosis results from higher exposures and develops
over 5-10 years.
silicosis occurs where exposures are the highest and
can cause symptoms to develop within in a few weeks
or up to 5 years.
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How could I
have gotten silicosis if I always worn a paper dust mask ? What
type of respirator works to prevent silica exposure ? Do I have
a case if I never worn any type of protection at all ?
never saw any silicosis warnings on any sand products, paper
dust masks, hoods or sandblasting pots or any equipment until
a few years ago. Are any of these companies responsible for failing
to warn me about the hazards of silicosis ?
Why do sandblasters get silicosis so often ? If I
wear a paper mask under my hood will I be safe ? Can other people
such as painters and other construction workers be exposed to silica
dust 20 - 50 yds away from where I am sandblasting ? Is there a
safe amount of silica that one can breath ? Is there a safe way
to sandblast without getting silicosis ?
Besides shortness of breath, loss of appetite and
chest pains are there any other symptoms for silicosis lung disease
? What types of medical tests are available to diagnose silicosis
? Is there a medical cure or any effective treatment for silicosis