Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment

What are the Symptoms of Byssinosis?

Symptoms of byssinosis include:

  • Chest tightness
  • Cough
  • Wheezing

These symptoms tend to get worse at the beginning of the work week and then improve while you are not at work or later in the work week. If you have been exposed for a long period, your symptoms may continue throughout the week without improvement.

How is Byssinosis Detected?

Byssinosis is detected through:

  • A detailed medical history
  • Physical exam
  • Chest x-ray
  • Lung function tests

How is Byssinosis Treated?

  • If you have byssinosis you must stop being exposed to the dust that caused your disease. You may need to change jobs to avoid being exposed to more dust.
  • Your doctor may prescribe medications such as bronchodilators to improve your symptoms. If you have a more severe case, your doctor may prescribe corticosteroids.
  • Chronic byssinosis may be treated with respiratory treatments, including nebulizers.
  • If your blood oxygen levels are low your doctor may prescribe home oxygen therapy.
  • Quit smoking to prevent further damage to your lungs.
  • You may benefit from physical exercise programs, breathing exercises, and patient education programs.