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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
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
NO: it is usually from underground exposure, like mining. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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