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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?

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 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

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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