Occupational lung diseases

Occupational lung diseases are occupational, or work-related, lung conditions that have been caused or made by the materials a person is exposed to within the workplace. It includes a broad group of diseases, including occupational asthma, industrial bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and inhalation injury, interstitial lung diseases such as pneumoconiosis, hypersensitivity pneumonitis, lung fibrosis, infections, lung cancer and mesothelioma. These diseases can be caused directly or due to immunological response to an exposure to a variety of dusts, chemicals, proteins or organisms

Asbestosis: This condition is caused when a person breathes in tiny asbestos fibers. Over time, this leads to lung scarring and stiff lung tissue. It’s often linked with construction work.
Coal dust: This is caused by inhaling coal dust. It causes lung inflammation and scarring. This can cause long-lasting lung damage and shortness of breath.
Silicosis: This condition is caused by breathing in airborne crystalline silica. This is a dust found in the air of mines, foundries, and blasting operations. It can also increase the risk for other lung diseases.
Byssinosis: This is caused by breathing in dust from hemp, flax, and cotton processing. It is also known as Brown Lung Disease. It causes chest tightness and shortness of breath.
Hypersensitivity pneumonitis:  This is an allergic lung disease. It is caused by a lung inflammation that happens from breathing in many different substances. These include fungus spores, bacteria, animal or plant protein, or certain chemicals. They can come from moldy hay, bird droppings, and other organic dusts. The disease causes inflamed air sacs in the lungs.
Work-related asthma:  This is caused by breathing in dusts, gases, fumes, and vapors. It causes asthma symptoms such as a chronic cough and wheezing. This condition can be reversed if found early.

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