Silicosis is a serious kind of lung disease that happens because of inhaling crystalline silica dust. This is a common problem seen in miners, potters, grinders, etc. There is evident scarring of the lungs in the same. Such people tend to have evident symptoms ranging from acute coughing to chest pain followed with lack of appetite, weight loss, fever, fatigue and also shortness of breath.
HOW IS SILICOSIS DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of Silicosis is done by a pulmonologist who would do a lung X-ray and scan along with procedures like endoscopy to check for lung damage.
HOW IS SILICOSIS TREATED?
Silicosis does not have a specific medical treatment and the purpose of the treatment is to reduce the symptoms. Medication can help treat this condition, however, patients with severe Silicosis may require a lung transplant.
DID YOU KNOW?
The condition can vary between mild to severe, referred to as its three types - acute, accelerated and chronic. Acute silicosis occurs few weeks or months after exposure to silica. Accelerated silicosis is when the exposure is for 5 to 10 years whereas chronic silicosis is when the exposure occurs for over 10 years.