Recovering from Byssinosis
Avoiding exposure and inhalation of textile particles is key to treatment and recovery. Using a multidisciplinary approach with the help of the primary doctor, lung specialist, and possibly occupational medicine expert, a treatment plan can be created. Prescribed medications will be very helpful in managing the disease.
Most pulmonologists can assist with managing byssinosis. Patient support groups may be present in some locations. The respiratory therapist or nurse can assist with learning correct use of inhaled medications. With severe and permanent lung damage, some patients may need oxygen.
The Lung Association recommends patients and caregivers join our Living with Lung Disease Support Community to connect with others facing this disease. You can also call the Lung Association's Lung HelpLine at 1-800-LUNGUSA to talk to a trained respiratory professional who can help answer your questions and connect you with additional support.
This content was developed in partnership with the CHEST Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the American College of Chest Physicians.