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:
- Stop smoking:
- Avoid exposure to secondary smoke
- Prevent exposure to silica dust.
- Use approved respiratory protection:
- Specialized dust mask
- Oral corticosteroid medications:
- Bronchodilator medications for silicosis:
- Chest physical therapy
- Oxygen therapy for silicosis
- Lung transplant:
- For those who have respiratory failure, but do not have additional illnesses
- Regular TB testing:
- People with silicosis are at high risk for tuberculosis
Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat silicosis:
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