Treatment of Silicosis

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Treatment

There is no specific therapy that can cure or alter the course of silicosis. The first step in the treatment of silicosis is to prevent further exposure to silica dust.

Patients if smokers should quit smoking.

Immunization against influenza and pneumococcal pneumonia is advised.

Patients with acute silicosis may benefit from corticosteroids. Steroids have not been found to be much value in chronic silicosis.

The most recently established guidelines advise treatment of active tuberculosis (TB) with multiple drugs. Latent TB is treated with the drug isoniazid.

Complications like airflow obstruction, cor pulmonale, respiratory failure are treated accordingly.     

Surgical care: Advance silicosis may require lung transplantation in selected patients (without other co morbid conditions).

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Hi Sincerely seeking some professional advice here. I have been exposed to an incident of inhaling silica dust for some 2 hours at a quartz, granite, marble polishing and grinding foundry [as I was tasked to select marble for our new office renovation]. The dust concentration in the enclosure is strong in my opinion (air is of a dusty white fog with strong smell of the stones). Now I noticed phelgm and mild coughing. Do I need an X-Ray examination for symptoms of silicosis? Also, since silica gets retained would anyone who inhaled silica dust, even if of a one off incident eventually develop symptoms of silicosis? Thank you

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