Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Pulmonary Silicosis Treatment

There is no specific treatment for silicosis. Treatment is directed at controlling symptoms and preventing complications. Essential to the successful treatment of silicosis is avoiding exposure to silica dust and to stop smoking. Two of the more common treatments for silicosis are corticosteroid medications and bronchodilator medications. Treatment for severe silicosis may also include home oxygen therapy.

Specific treatment for silicosis may include:

Pulmonary Silicosis Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat silicosis:

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Last Updated: Jun 14, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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