Yes, black lung is a disease that develops from coal dust inhalation. The medical name for this disease is coal miner’s pneumoconiosis and it is caused from the accumulation of coal dust in the lungs, developing over time and with frequent exposure. Though black lung itself has no proven cure, many of the symptoms are treatable. The best way to avoid this disease and its complications is not to inhale coal dust..
Yes you can. Black lung is often referred to as “coal workers’ pneumoconiosis” and is caused by the inhalation of silica dust that builds up in the lungs and leads to fibrosis and inflammation. A person’s risk of developing the disease depends on the length of exposure to coal dust. Most people with this disease are older than 50 and smoking may have an additional harmful effect on the lungs.
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