Lung Disease and Respiratory System
- Q How common is brown lung disease?
Brown lung disease is almost entirely found in workers who work with unprocessed cotton in its earliest stages. This includes sorting bails of cotton. Those who work with unprocessed hemp and flax can be affected but the numbers are much less... Full Answer
- Q How is brown lung disease diagnosed?
Brown lung disease is typically diagnosed using a pulmonary test throughout a day of work. If you are regularly exposed to cotton, hemp, or flax dust, and are experiencing symptoms, it is important to talk to your doctor. Removing yourself from exposure... Full Answer
- Q What are the treatment options for brown lung disease?
The symptoms of brown lung disease will often go away when you remove yourself from exposure to cotton, hemp, or flax dust. Your doctor may also prescribe you a medication that opens up airways depending on the severity of your symptoms. It is important... Full Answer
- Q Is there a cure for brown lung disease?
Avoiding or controlling your exposure to cotton, flax, or hemp dust is really the best way to avoid, manage, and eliminate symptoms. Your doctor may prescribe medications used to treat asthma-like symptoms for you as well. If the initial symptoms of... Full Answer
- Q What causes brown lung disease?
Brown lung disease, also know as byssinosis or cotton dust inhalation, is caused by overexposure to and inhalation of the dust from products such as cotton and hemp. This most often occurs during processing in plants in the US and other countries. The... Full Answer
- Q What is brown lung disease?
Brown lung disease, also known as byssinosis or cotton lung disease, is one of many environmental lung illnesses. It is a respiratory illness that results from inhaling the dust during the processing of products such as cotton and hemp. Small airways... Full Answer
- Q How do I manage my brown lung disease on a daily basis?
If you are exposed to cotton, flax, or hemp dust on a regular basis, then you are most likely to experience symptoms when you return to work after time off. Controlling your exposure to this dust is really the best way to avoid and manage symptoms. Your... Full Answer
- Q Does flint disease run in families?
Flint disease does not run in families. You cannot pass flint disease onto your children, nor is it contagious. The only way to contract flint disease is by exposure to stone dust. Full Answer
- Q Who is most at risk for flint disease?
Workers in industries that produce any kind of stone dust during the work process, such as quarry workers, miners, construction workers, sandblasters, and stonecutters, are the highest risk group for flint disease. Because flint disease requires... Full Answer
- Q How do other illnesses affect flint disease?
Any other diseases that you have affecting the lungs or the heart are likely to exacerbate flint disease. Asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), heart disease, and clogged arteries can combine with flint disease to put you at greater risk... Full Answer