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What do I need to know about caring for someone with black lung disease?

The best way to care for someone with black lung disease is to limit their further exposure to coal dust. If your loved one works in an environment that puts them at risk for the disease, encourage them to change work sites or use breathing masks or other forms of protection. People with the simple form of black lung disease usually do not show symptoms or require additional medical care, although doctors may want to see them periodically to monitor the disease's progression. If the disease progresses to its more serious form, progressive massive fibrosis, people may need medications or supplemental oxygen to address their symptoms.

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How does black lung disease affect the body?
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When coal dust is inhaled over several months or years, it can collect in the lungs and form deposit...
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What causes black lung disease?
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Inhaled coal dust is the culprit in black lung disease, also known as coal worker's pneumoconiosis. ...
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Can black lung disease be cured?
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There is no cure for black lung disease. Treatment focuses on addressing the symptoms of the disease...
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Can black lung disease be prevented?
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Black lung disease is caused by environmental factors, so it is completely preventable and can be av...
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