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Which treatments can help manage the symptoms of pneumoconiosis?

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Your doctor may prescribe an inhaled medication such as a bronchodilator or corticosteroid. Bronchodilators open up your airways if you have trouble breathing, while corticosteroids can curb airway inflammation. Your doctor may also suggest "supplemental oxygen therapy." In this treatment, you breathe in extra oxygen through a mask or prongs in your nose. The oxygen you get this way is stored in a tank or some other kind of device.

SOURCES:

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Pneumoconiosis."

Environmental Health Perspectives : "Silicosis and coal workers' pneumoconiosis."

CHEST Foundation: "Pneumoconiosis."

American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: "Occupational Interstitial Lung Diseases."

CDC: "Resurgence of Progressive Massive Fibrosis in Coal Miners -- Eastern Kentucky, 2016."

American Lung Association: "Oxygen Therapy."

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on December 18, 2019

SOURCES:

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Pneumoconiosis."

Environmental Health Perspectives : "Silicosis and coal workers' pneumoconiosis."

CHEST Foundation: "Pneumoconiosis."

American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: "Occupational Interstitial Lung Diseases."

CDC: "Resurgence of Progressive Massive Fibrosis in Coal Miners -- Eastern Kentucky, 2016."

American Lung Association: "Oxygen Therapy."

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on December 18, 2019

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