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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