Pneumoconiosis - Defination - Symptoms - Causes - Prevention - Treatment

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Treatment and Prevention of Pneumoconiosis

It is important to diagnose pneumoconiosis early to prevent further complications. The patient should be removed from the site of exposure as soon as possible. Corticosteroids with or without oxygen treatment may be needed in some cases. The patient is advised to quit smoking and smoking cessation programs should be offered to the patient. Vaccines against flu and pneumococcus should be administered to protect the patient from infections.

Dust control regulations have been enforced in different countries to protect workers from harmful effects of occupational exposures. The exposure to dust in the workplace has to be limited. The workers should be provided with protective gear.

Workers should be eligible for regular medical checkups and compensation if they suffer from the occupation related disease. They should also get the opportunity to be transferred to safer environments.

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