Miner's Lung Treatment
The treatment for coal worker's pneumoconiosis often includes bronchodilator medications, inhaled corticosteroids, chest physical therapy, and oral corticosteroids. Some may benefit from home oxygen therapy.
The treatment for coal workers pneumoconiosis include:
- Stop smoking
- Bronchodilator medications:
- Inhaled corticosteroids:
- Fluticasone (Flovent)
- Triamcinolone (Azmacort)
- Beclomethasone (Beclovent, Vanceril)
- Budesonide (Pulmicort, Rhinocort)
- Chest physiotherapy
- Oral corticosteroids:
- An exercise plan developed with your doctor.
- Home oxygen therapy
- Antibiotics for acute bronchitis
- Influenza vaccine
- Pneumonia vaccine
Miner's Lung Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of coal worker's pneumoconiosis.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- Is surgery an option for me?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- Do I need to stay in the hospital?
- How long will I be in the hospital?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Do I need to change my diet?
- Do I need to lose weight?
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- Do I need a special exercise program?
- Will I need physical therapy?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for complications?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
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