Industrial bronchitis is swelling (inflammation) of the large airways of the lungs that occurs in some people who work around certain dusts, fumes, smoke, or other substances.
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Exposure to dusts, fumes, strong acids, and other chemicals in the air causes this type of
You may be at risk if you are exposed to dusts that contain:
Western red cedar
Coughthat brings up mucus (sputum) Shortness of breath
Signs and tests
The health care provider will listen to your lungs using a stethoscope.
Chest CT scan
Chest x-ray Pulmonary function tests
The purpose of treatment is to reduce the irritation.
Getting more air into the workplace or wearing masks to filter out the offending dust particles may help. Some people may need to be taken out of the workplace.
Some cases of industrial bronchitis go away without treatment. Other times, a person may need inhaled anti-inflammatory medications. If you are at risk or have experienced this problem and you smoke, stop smoking.
Helpful measures include:
Breathing humidified air
Increasing fluid intake
The outcome may be good as long as you can stop being exposed to the irritant.
Continued exposure to irritating gases, fumes, or other substances can lead to permanent lung damage.
Calling your health care provider
Call your health care provider if you are regularly exposed to dusts, fumes, strong acids, or other chemicals that can affect the lungs and you develop symptoms of bronchitis.
Control dust in industrial settings by wearing face masks and protective clothing, and treating textiles. Stop smoking if you are at risk.
Get early screening by a doctor if you are exposed to chemicals that can cause this condition.