Causes of pneumonoconiosis
If you inhale certain dusts, they can cause the lungs to become inflamed. This eventually leads to scarring in the lungs – or pulmonary fibrosis.
Pneumoconiosis is usually caused by breathing in dusts at work. The longer you’re exposed to the dust, the higher your risk of developing pneumonoconiosis. There are different types of pneumoconiosis, depending on the type of dust. The most common is coal workers’ pneumoconiosis or black lung disease. ‘Brown lung’ is pneumonoconiosis caused by breathing in cotton dust. Pneumoconiosis can also be caused by aluminium, barium, beryllium, talc and other dusts.
Symptoms of pneumoconiosis
Treatments for pneumoconiosis
Expect to meet your medical team for appointments to discuss how the disease is progressing. Together you will decide on your treatments.
Outlook for pneumoconiosis
Pneumoconiosis usually takes a long time to develop and gets worse slowly. But if you smoke or have smoked, the progression may be faster. Complications of pneumoconiosis include pulmonary hypertension, COPD and lung cancer. It used to be associated with Tuberculosis, but that is now rare.