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I was helping someone move concrete bags, one of those bags broke and concrete dust flew around. I think i may have inhaled some dust, will I be ok?

Yes: Such a brief exposure will not cause any lasting problem. People who work with concrete are exposed to it every day and generally stay well. If you knew you would be exposed for many hours repeatedly, you would be well advised to wear a mask but that doesn't apply to your brief exposure. ...Read more

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Would a one time exposure to concrete dust under a minute cause any health problems like asbestosis or silicosis, how does body take care of tiny amt?

Would a one time exposure to concrete dust  under a minute cause any health problems like asbestosis or silicosis, how does body take care of tiny amt?

No, no problema: It takes chronic exposure over many years before any kind of dust can affect or damage the lungs. Our lungs, have a natural, good filtering(Nose) and cleaning system(mucosal Cilia) to protect themselves and can expel minimal exposure like you have mentioned. ...Read more

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I've had a mild dry cough for 5 weeks and mild chest pain. X-ray came back normal. I was exposed to concrete dust five weeks ago for 1 minute. silicos

I've had a mild dry cough for 5 weeks and mild chest pain. X-ray came back normal. I was exposed to concrete dust five weeks ago for 1 minute. silicos

Not long enough: 1 minute's exposure to concrete dust cannot cause silicosis. You probably had a viral upper respiratory infection and now have post-inflammatory bronchitis - which is common. Give it time. You'll get over it. ...Read more

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How much concrete dust would you have to inhale to get acute silicosis and how long of an exposure must it be? I mean acute not chronic silicosis

How much concrete dust would you have to inhale to get acute silicosis and how long of an exposure must it be? I mean acute not chronic silicosis

OHSA PEL: or Permissible Exposure Limits are 0.1mg/cubic meter over 8 hours. Stationary masonry saws without dust controls like wet sawing can generate 20 times this amount. With no respirator or dust controls, sufficient exposure for acute silicosis might result in as little as 4-6 weeks of 40 hours/week. Visible dust is no indicator since those particles are too large to reach lungs. ...Read more

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I had a co2 blood test done and it said I was at 27, which is close to 30 (hypercapnia). Should I be worried? I had a brief exposure to concrete dust

I had a co2 blood test done and it said I was at 27, which is close to 30 (hypercapnia). Should I be worried? I had a brief exposure to concrete dust

TCO2: tCO2 on the blood test (usually electrolyte panel) represents bicarbonate and volatile CO2 and is different from arterial CO2 = partial pressure of CO2 in the blood, which is done usually in the hospital setting. most adult values are in that range (24-32). When it is high it suggest that you may have chronic respiratory acidosis, but 27 is fine ...Read more

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I may be pregnant. I work construction, I deal with concrete. I breath concrete dust a lot of times and breath chemicals. Will that affect my preg?

I may be pregnant. I work construction, I deal with concrete. I breath concrete dust a lot of times and breath chemicals. Will that affect my preg?

Chemical exposure: What ever is not healthy for you is not healthy for a baby you may be carrying. I'm not sure you are even in compliance with OSHA regulations if you are breathing in so many irritants. You need to determine if you are pregnant, but regardless, you should strongly consider a different occupation where your health is not so compromised by your environment. ...Read more

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Was exposed to concrete dust heavy in the air in basement for one hour while vacuuming it up. Wore paper mask. Will One exposure cause acute silicosis?

Was exposed to concrete dust heavy in the air in basement for one hour while vacuuming it up. Wore paper mask. Will One exposure cause acute silicosis?

Acute silicosis: Likely NOT wearing the paper mask hopefully cut down on a lot of the dust particles but by no means the most efficient or effective dust mask. You will probably cough up a lot of discolored mucus and blow a lot of discolored mucus from your nose. ...Read more

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HomeDepot warehouse Job. Cement/wood/concrete dust. I have throat irritation all the time. Any remedies to help the throat? Medicines or something?

HomeDepot warehouse Job. Cement/wood/concrete dust. I have throat irritation all the time. Any remedies to help the throat? Medicines or something?

Prevent exposure.: Your best bet in this context is to always wear a mask, preferably a high-level type to prevent yourself from breathing in these particulates. And wear it all the time. ...Read more

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What are some health side effects of concrete demolition dust?

What are some health side effects of concrete demolition dust?

Irritation: Although not as unsafe as inhaling asbestos fibers or chemicals, the dust itself can cause an irritant effect in the lungs. Over time this can cause some scarring and atelectasis (parts of the lung that don't fill all the way up). Anyone being exposed to dust that can be inhaled, no matter what the potential long-term effects should wear a mask to filter the air. ...Read more