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How do I manage black lung disease on a daily basis?

If you are diagnosed with the simple form of black lung disease, you can expect to live a normal life with few to no symptoms. Your focus should be on preventing the more serious form of the disease, called progressive massive fibrosis. Talk to your employer about a transfer to an area where there is no coal dust exposure, or ask about ventilation tools such as masks or ventilation systems. Don't smoke, and if you're already a smoker, do your best to quit. While smoking does not cause black lung disease, it can worsen the coughing and shortness of breath sometimes associated with the disease. If you are diagnosed with progressive massive fibrosis, you may benefit from oxygen therapy and certain medications used to keep your airways clear.

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