Occupational diseases that affect the respiratory system with conditions like black lung disease, occupational asthma and other COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). The symptoms include tightening of the chest, persistent cough, abnormal breathing, chest pain and shortness of breath.
HOW IS OCCUPATIONAL LUNG DISEASE DIAGNOSED?
Imaging scans of the chest such as X-rays would help to show damage caused to the lungs. Information about the work place and environment of the patient would be collected by a pulmonologist which could help with the diagnosis. In some cases lung biopsy could be recommended.
HOW IS OCCUPATIONAL LUNG DISEASE TREATED?
There is no treatment for occupational lung disease other than preventing further exposure to the material that is causing the problem.
DID YOU KNOW?
Occupational lung disease is a man-made disorder and has been rising sharply since the development of industry. It can only be prevented by monitoring air quality.