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Can diseases/problems arise from inhaling coal dust?

Can diseases/problems arise from inhaling coal dust?

Yes: A specific disease call coal miner's lung can develop with prolonged exposure to coal dust. ...Read more

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What is emphysematous bullous lung disease?

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What is emphysematous bullous lung disease?

COPD : Emphysema and obstructive lung disease cause air to be trapped cause air spaces to expand. They look like balloon like structures that may make breathing difficult. ...Read more

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Acute hypersensitivity pneumonitis fatal?

Acute hypersensitivity pneumonitis fatal?

Not usually: Not usually, however very heavy exposure to the inciting agent or very severe responses can cause severe lung injury and result even in respiratory failure. Even in these situations if medical care is sought out the response to steroid medicine is usually very good. Repeat exposures that are untreated can cause a more chronic scarring of the lung or pulmonary fibrosis that can shorten ones life. ...Read more

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Is fibrotic pulmonary tuberculosis contagious?

Is fibrotic pulmonary tuberculosis contagious?

yes if active: Any form of active pulmonary tuberculosis can be contagious. Fibrotic only refers to the appearance on imaging. Active pulm TB can have many appearances including fibrotic, cavitary, nodular, etc. ...Read more

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Can allergic pulmonary aspergillosis relapse?

Can allergic pulmonary aspergillosis relapse?

Absolutely: It is classic for recurring bouts. You should speak with your pulmonologist or primary care provider to determine if this is flaring; and what treatment options exist if it is a recurrence. ...Read more

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Could one develop asthma from asbestos xposure?

Could one develop asthma from asbestos xposure?

Asbestosis : Is a scarring if the lungs due to chronic inhalation of asbestos fibers. Most common diagnosis is a restrictive lung disease with a diffuse interstitial fibrosis at the chest x ray with changes in vital capacity but normal or low normal fev1/fvc ratio. Asthma is no associated with the disease but if the patient smoke a degree of reactive airway disease can be present. Also ass. With mesothelioma. ...Read more

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Is pulmonary emphysema a communicable disease?

Is pulmonary emphysema a communicable disease?

Only if you...: Only if you pass the cigarette. Otherwise, you're not going to give emphysema to others. ...Read more

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Does asbestos exposure always lead to lung cancer?

Does asbestos exposure always lead to lung cancer?

Short answer...: No. While asbestos increases the risk of lung cancer, most exposed individuals don't get lung cancer or any of the other problems linked to asbestos. Think of it like this, most traffic deaths occur in people in cars, but most people who drive/ride in cars don't die in accidents. Not the perfect analogy, but it helps convey the difference between exposure to a risk factor and getting the disease. ...Read more

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Is pulmonary emphysema deadly?

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Yes : Depending upon severity and other comorbodities.

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Mayo defines instertitial markings a lung disease caused ie (asbestos, silica dust, grain dust?) are dependent instertitial different if syptm same?

Mayo defines instertitial markings a lung disease caused ie (asbestos, silica dust, grain dust?) are dependent instertitial different if syptm same?

Just a description: "Interstitial markings" are a descriptive term that radiologists and lung specialists use to describe specific markings in the lungs on chest xrays or CT scans. Many different types of diseases in the lungs cause "interstitial markings." The way to find out which disease it is usually requires a biopsy of some sort. The symptoms are usually cough and shortness of breath. ...Read more

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Chest X-ray Hyperinflamed lung and perihilar bronchitis changes are seen.No acute pulmonary or pleural disease.25 year,non smoker,Please explain findi?

Chest X-ray Hyperinflamed lung and perihilar bronchitis changes are seen.No acute pulmonary or pleural disease.25 year,non smoker,Please explain findi?

Might be normal: I obviously have to make some assumptions without seeing the films myself. First, I believe that "hyperinflated" was meant instead of hyperinflamed, as it is a more common term. It is used often when lungs appear over expanded.Although it sometimes suggests air trapping seen in asthma, or copd... It tends to be overused...and is often seen in normal people who are able to take a very Deep breath ...Read more

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Can inhaling steam form lung crystals?

Can inhaling steam  form lung crystals?

Interesting question: ...and certainly inhaled particulate can deposit in the lungs, but keep in mind your lungs are moist and at body temperature (not room temperature) relative to whether what/how much you've dissolved in your "steam" precipitates out. ...Read more

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Can inhaling incense smoke cause carbon monoxide poisoning?

Can inhaling incense smoke cause carbon monoxide poisoning?

Yes.: The burning of both traditional incense and the drug of abuse "herbal-incense"creates carbon monoxide. A significant dose of carbon monoxide in an unventilated space, especially in a susceptible individual can lead to co poisoning. Please be responsible and safe. ...Read more

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Could you get pulmonary fibrosis from breathing metal dust?

Could you get pulmonary fibrosis from breathing metal dust?

Pneumoconiosis: There are multiple causes of pulmonary fibrosis. Organic dust inhalation is a possibility, called pneumoconiosis. Causes depend on the exposure agent. ...Read more

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Is pulmonary fibrosis ever fatal?

Is pulmonary fibrosis ever fatal?

Yes: Unfortunately idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is a fatal disease. The two year mean (average) survival is only 50 percent (similar to some cancers) and treatment options are limited. The only definitive cure is lung transplant. ...Read more

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Can pulmonary fibrosis result from viral pneumonia?

Can pulmonary fibrosis result from viral pneumonia?

No: Generally speaking pulmonary fibrosis is not the result of viral pneumonia. Sometimes viral pneumonia can cause some scarring of the lungs that may resemble some forms of pulmonary fibrosis. There is a form of pulmonary fibrosis called cryptogenic fibrosing alveolitis that sometimes may be the result of lung infections including viral pneumonia. ...Read more

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Is chronic interstitial lung disease? Reversible?

No: It is a progressive disease with no known effective treatment to reverse the process. ...Read more

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What causes silicosis?

What causes silicosis?

Exposure to sand ...: Silicosis is a lung disorder caused by continued long-term inhalation of the dust of inorganic (non-living) substances like sand, quartzes, flints and other stones. ...Read more

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What puts you at risk for silicosis?

What puts you at risk for silicosis?

Exposure to sand ...: Silicosis is a lung disorder caused by continued long-term inhalation of the dust of inorganic (non-living) substances like sand, quartzes, flints and other stones. Certain occupations are prone to dust and small particle debris exposure such as construction trades and some manufacturing. Wear protective mask whenever risk of exposure is high. Same advice for hobbies and sports. ...Read more

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Is there a danger of silicosis at home?

No: This is a disease from occupational exposures to fine silica such as in mining. There is no such exposure in a typical home dwelling. ...Read more

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So I was told that a one time exposure to silica does not cause silicosis as opposed to repeated exposure. Why is that? Domacrophages tolerate smaller

So I was told that a one time exposure to silica does not cause silicosis as opposed to repeated exposure. Why is that? Domacrophages tolerate smaller

Silicosis develops: from chronic and repeated exposure, usually needing years. Biologically, the lungs are saturated with silica dust and the macrophages are overwhelmed in their role to clear the silica. Thus, toxicity and damage result. Respirators are required by OSHA. ...Read more

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Will I get silicosis if I was exposed to silica dust?

Many variables: Silica exposure is similar to asbestos. There is a lot we don't know about what makes certain individuals more susceptible to lung damage or exactly how much exposure will lead to health problems. Most people do not have long-term problems, but with the serious issues that a few have, exposure standards have been set. Go here to find out more - https://www.osha.gov/silica/ ...Read more

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What would happen if someone was exposed to silica dust one time for a couple of minutes. Does it take just one silica particle to cause silicosis?

What would happen if someone was exposed to silica dust one time for a couple of minutes. Does it take just one silica particle to cause silicosis?

Dont worry: Nothing happens with small amount of silicon and with one time exposure. People who work for year with silica then develop this condition called silicosis. It is actually scarring of the lung and it has to be for a prolonged period of time(years) and to extensive areas in lung. Exposure this small will not even be noticeable. ...Read more

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What is the timeframe of exposure to Develop Acute Silicosis. I know chronic takes ten years of exposure and accelerated takes 5 years, but accute unc?

What is the timeframe of exposure to Develop Acute Silicosis. I know chronic takes ten years of exposure and accelerated takes 5 years, but accute unc?

Days: Acute silicosis was seen in sandblasters who recklessly ignored directives to protect their lungs. It was an accelerated alveolar proteinosis syndrome that was fetal in weeks to months. If you're concerned that you may have it, but feel well enough to write HealthTap, then you don't. I'd urge you to comply with the best safety practices if you're in an industry in which silicosis is a risk. ...Read more

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What are treatment options for silicosis?

What are treatment options for silicosis?

Not many: This is what we call a pneumoconiosis from silica inhalation at high levels which causes progressive scarring in the lungs. There is no effective treatment once it is established. Some people may benefit from bronchodilator therapy if they have airflow obstruction documented and many people will require oxygen therapy if their oxygen levels are below normal. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have silicosis with a normal xray, or would an xray usually pick that up?

Is it possible to have silicosis with a normal xray, or would an xray usually pick that up?

Possible: The pulmonary reactive changes and subsequent fibrosis can take years to manifest both clinically and radiographically. Depending on the timing and degree of exposure, a normal cxr could be possible. ...Read more

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I tiled my kitchen counter. created dust when cleaning grout haze. Didnt wear mask as I was unaware of silicosis risk. Is it common after 1 exposure?

I tiled my kitchen counter. created dust when cleaning grout haze. Didnt wear mask as I was unaware of silicosis risk. Is it common after 1 exposure?

Uncommon : one single exposure is unlikely to result in significant problems. Always use the right safety equipment for a job. ...Read more

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I was exposed to a fair amount of granite dust, without a respirator, during construction for about 45 min, is there a chance of developing silicosis?

I was exposed to a fair amount of granite dust, without a respirator, during construction for about 45 min, is there a chance of developing silicosis?

Not long enough: Silicosis is scarring in the lung due to exposure to sliica over long periods of time such as sandblasters. Not for 45 minutes. Using a respirator mask and avoidance of dust filled environments is preventative. A one time 45 minute exposure is not a concern to develop silicosis. The who http://www.Who.Int/peh/occupational_health/ochweb/oshpages/oshdocuments/factsheets/silicosis.Htm is informative. ...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 foolishly blew up a significant amount of concrete sawdust and this was inhaled by my children and I. Are we at risk for silicosis or anything else? My youngest son even sneezed from it.

I foolishly blew up a significant amount of concrete sawdust and this was inhaled by my children and I.  Are we at risk for silicosis or anything else?  My youngest son even sneezed from it.

Unlikely: Although this is not a great exposure to get, the lungs do have a system that will remove the dust over time. Those who get silicosis are generally chronically exposed to the dust in their working environment without using protective gear. ...Read more

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I have silicosis but arecent xray could not show it what does this mean I have 10 plus years of being exposed in coal mining

See answer: Silicosis is an occupational respiratory disease that may appear clinically up to years after someone's exposure to crystalline silica. As the disease progresses, symptoms may include: shortness of breath, severe cough, weakness and possibly progress to respiratory distress. The diagnosis is usually made by patient history of exposure, clinical examination, chest xray and pulmonary function stud. ...Read more

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I had a blood test done and it said my co2 level was 27, should I worry, could this confirm that my one exposure may be giving me silicosis? Help!!!

I had a blood test done and it said my co2 level was 27,  should I worry, could this confirm that my one exposure may be giving me silicosis? Help!!!

Bicarb: Phillip, interpreting blood tests is always trick and can only be done while accounting for a multitude of factors. Co2 level as reported on basic metabolic panel is actually indicative of your bicarb levels - 27 is a totally normal number and not diagnostic of silicosis :) ...Read more