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Black Lung In Children
Pneumoconiosis: These are lung diseases caused by inhaling organic or inorganic minerals that cause an inflammatory response in the lungs. Organic causes include pigeon breeders disease, mold exposure with different materials such as sugar cane for example. Inorganic causes include silicosis, asbestosis or other mineral dusts particles. Patient can develop pulmonary fibrosis. Hope this helps. ...Read more
Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more
Breathing: This is usually a collection of coal dust and sometimes other mining dust chronically in the lungs. It is endemic in miners. It will impair breathing somewhat (more over time) and can lead to chronic lung disease, susceptibility to lung infection and in some cases lung cancer. Not a good thing to have. ...Read more
?: If you live in a coal dust prone area, the incidence will be really high, compared to population living away from it. ...Read more
I opened a big pencil sharpener (the ones you find on teachers desks) the graphite dust flew at me. I inhaled some, will I get graphite pneumoconiosis?
No risk, no worry: This might be a health risk if it happened 10 times a day for many years. A single event will do no harm at all. Don't worry about it. ...Read more
Dust lung disease: Most often these are due to a person's work though many of the people who survived the 9/11 attacks. Coal worker's lung, silicosis, asbestosis, farmer's lung, berylliosis, and bagassosis (sugar cane) are all examples. They are hard to treat and if present, a lawyer may be able to help. ...Read more
Additive: Pneumoconiosis, or restrictive lung disease caused by environmental exposure to things like coal dust or asbestos causes serious progressive lung dysfunction. Pulmonary edema is fluid buildup in the lungs, usually from cardiac dysfunction. If a person has both, it would be expected that their outcome would be worse than if they had either disease alone. ...Read more
Why ask?: Are you afraid that someone will see your organs? Surely sucking any kind of smoke into your body must be harmful. ...Read more
Black Lung: Coal workers' pneumoconiosis (cwp), colloquially referred to as black lung disease, is caused by long exposure to coal dust. It is a common affliction of coal miners and others who work with coal, similar to both silicosis from inhaling silica dust, and to the long-term effects of tobacco smoking. Inhaled coal dust progressively builds up in the lungs and is unable to be removed by the body. ...Read more
Hard to say: The added metabolic needs and stress of pregnancy are well known. The best people to answer that question would be those who have evaluated you fully and can project the impact of pregnancy on your individual case. I cannot speculate on your remaining lung function and or whatever other conditions you have that led to your loss of a lung. ...Read more
Absolutely not: Over 60 years history using Fluorides. Incidence of lung issues in children has not changed. Fluoride, like any medication, should be used EXACTLY as directed. 1st Dental appointment Age 1 (best with Pediatric Dental Specialist) who can talk to you about the right balance of fluoridated water, toothpaste, mouthwashes, etc. In your community. ...Read more
Black lung: Good chance that you have black lungs by now. ...Read more
Cxr would show deposition of coal and might show some calcifications and pfts could reveal restrictive lung disease.
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Spirometry: Compliance and many other aspects of lung function can be measured in children with PFTs (pulmonary function tests) using a spirometer. The child has to be old enough to follow directions. You will find this piece of equipment in a pediatric pulmunology or allergy/immunology office. Why do you ask? ...Read more
I just had X-rays of my lungs 1 looks all white and the other is 3/4 black and at the bottom starts looking white and they told me everything's normal?
Very difficult: To render an opinion on such limited info, and without the X-rays, but there are normally black and white areas on a chest X-ray. For example, the heart shadow normally shows up as a big white structure superimposed over the left lower lung region. ...Read more
There is no: Guarantee that it will all be filtered out. ...Read more
Xrays pass through the 'least dense' tissues (i.e. Air) and the film is black
bone is the most dense and appears white
all other tissues are somewhere in between. ...Read more
Smoking: You begin to cause damage to your lungs with the first puff you take. It is best not to start at all, but if you do smoke - quit now! ...Read more
Get help: The real answer depends on how old your children are and how close you are to them. Often it helps to talk to a pediatric social worker or psychiatrist (or your pastor/clergy member etc) in order to correctly frame it, but there is no easy, right, or perfect way to break bad news to children. Get help, do a dry run, ask your pulmonologist to join you. ...Read more
Hopefully not in kid: Byssinosis, brown lung disease, is an inflammatory condition of the lungs & breathing tubes that occurs in persons working with raw cotton, flax, sisal & hemp. Constantly breathing the dust of these materials results in symptoms of asthma. Continued exposure for many years can cause irreversible lung damage. Age is not a factor. Children may be exposed in third-world textile factories. ...Read more
Condition exists.: During my training years, I performed an autopsy (cadaveric dissection) of a patient who died from "metastatic encephalopathy". I scraped out what literally looked like charcoal from the lymphatic tissue in her lungs. We knew she was a heavy smoker. I don't know if she was a (female) miner, but I doubt it. But if that didn't meet the definition of "black lung", I don't know what would. It IS real! ...Read more
Unlikely: Calcifications usually occur with chronic inflammation, with some causes more prone to doing that. One common cause for foci of calcific granulomas is histoplasmosis. Very few if any people with normal immune systems develop infections with diatomaceous fungi (black molds), and this is usually complained of as a cause of environmental contamination and the subject of lawsuits. ...Read more
I blew out black snot today after work and I've been blowing out snot with blood sometimes also my lungs hurt sometimes. Do I have cancer?
I burned a candle last night and everything was seemly normal. I woke up and blew my nose and it was black. I'm worried there is soot in my lungs.
I am a double lung recipient. 6 months ago. I wear a mask to church and where many children are gathered. Should I wear my mask 24/7? Thank you.
Probably not: While wearing a mask is recommended to limit germ transfer, to and from the person, we should try to balance medical health needs with quality of life issue. If you are no longer on immunosuppresants, you can, consider putting a mask during crowded conditions mainly, to limit exposure to extra germs which can make you sick. Continue to practice universal precaution/hand washing with close contacts ...Read more
I quit smoking and smoked for 4 years. Year 1 1-2 a week, Year 2&3 4-7 a day and Year 4 max of 9 a day. How does my lungs look in degree of black? Thanks
Don't know: It is great that you are stopping. The degree of damage depends on many factors but you can be sure there will be less damage if you, stop now. Try to focus on your improved health rather than the possible da age you have done. It will help you to keep up the good work! ...Read more
Put a lot of black pepper on food. Took a bite and started coughing, thinking I inhaled some of the pepper? Is this dangerous? Will it affect my lungs
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