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How to Treat Silicosis?

Medical Treatment:
  • No cure for silicosis as it is not possible to reverse the lung damage. Treatment is aimed at alleviating symptoms and improving the quality of life
Do the following things to reduce the risk of complications:
    • Avoid smoking
    • Make sure you are not exposed to any more silica
    • Have the annual flu jab and the pneumococcal vaccination
    • Long-term oxygen therapy may be offered if you have difficulty breathing and low oxygen levels in the blood
    • Have regular tests to check for TB, if advised by your doctor
  • If you develop a bacterial chest infection you will be given a antibiotics
  • A lung transplant may be optional for in very severe cases
  • May also be prescribed bronchodilator medicines to widen your airways and make breathing easier