What is pneumoconiosis?

Pneumoconiosis is a lung disease. It is caused by breathing in mineral dusts, often in high-risk workplaces like coal mines. Over many years, the dust causes inflammation to the lungs. This results in stiffening of the lungs and problems breathing.

Pneumoconiosis is term for occupational lung disease which results from inhaling various types of dust or particles, often in an industrial or agricultural setting. The offending particles can be coal dust ("black lung" disease), carbon particles from the city air (anthracosis), asbestos fibers (asbestosis), silica granules like fine sand (silicosis), cotton dust (byssinosis), as well as other types of minerals. Although many patients with such exposure can be asymptomatic, wheezing and shortness of breath can be presenting symptoms.

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Lung Disease and Respiratory System

Lung Disease and Respiratory System

Diseases, pollutants and genetics can affect your respiratory health. The simple cold - which is caused by more than 200 different viruses - inflames the upper respiratory tract, resulting in a cough, runny nose and sneezing. A mo...

re severe cough combined with mucus is a sign of bronchitis, where the membranes lining the bronchial tubes become inflamed. The inflammatory lung disease asthma affects more than 20 million people, making airways constrict when exposed to irritants like dust, pet dander and cigarette smoke. Pneumonia, another inflammation of the lungs, can occur because of a bacterial or viral infection. People suffering from cystic fibrosis, an inherited lung disease, frequently battle bacterial infections and airways clogged with thick and sticky mucus.

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