Silicosis is an incurable respiratory disease which can be caused as a result of being exposed to silica dust. When silica dust is inhaled into the body, the particles become trapped into the lungs and these cannot be cleared by coughing or mucous. Silica dust is toxic and when they are embedded into the lungs, they cause a strong inflammatory reaction. Over a period of continued exposure, the lung tissues become scarred and thickened and this prevent the lungs from absorbing oxygen properly.
If a person is exposed to high levels of silica dust at work, then it may take just a year to develop silicosis. However, if the exposure is minimal, it may take around 10-15 years to experience the symptoms of silicosis.
There are three types of silicosis, the most common type being chronic silicosis. Chronic silicosis may result in breathing problems and dry cough. It usually takes a long time, around 15-20 years to experience the symptoms and by the time the sufferer is diagnosed with the condition, it has already done a lot of damage to the lungs. Chronic silicosis is caused by being exposed to low levels of silica dust over a long period of time.
The second most common form of silicosis is accelerated silicosis. It is caused by being exposed to a higher level of dust over a short period of time which could be anywhere between 5-15 years. Common symptoms include weight loss, weakness, and severe shortness of breath.
Acute silicosis is quite rare and is caused when a person is exposed to very high levels of the dust in a very short period of time. The damage can be immediate. Breathlessness is often the very first symptom followed by dry cough. This form of silicosis is often fatal.
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Have you been diagnosed with silicosis? Has your condition been caused as a result of your working environment? If yes, we can help you make a silicosis claim for compensation.
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