Living With Silicosis
Patients with silicosis need to maintain their health by leading an active lifestyle and avoiding further exposure. Quitting smoking, getting adequate exercise, managing your weight, and monitoring for complications are all important.
What to Expect
Many people with silicosis have chronic symptoms and a decrease in lifespan. However, over the last few decades, supportive care and earlier detection have improved survival significantly.
Managing the Disease
Appropriate diagnosis and treatment will make life with silicosis easier. Using the proper medications and seeing an experienced specialist are important to managing the disease. Here are a few tips to manage silicosis:
- Quit smoking
- Get yearly vaccinations, such as pneumococcal and influenza
- Be vigilant about watching for the development of TB or other infections
- Avoid further exposure to silica
- Educate yourself about the disease
- Consider enrolling in clinical trials
- Have a plan to manage flare-ups of the disease.
Oxygen support or other ways to manage chronic lung failure, like the use of noninvasive ventilator devices, may be needed.
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 support.
This content was developed in partnership with the CHEST Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the American College of Chest Physicians.
Page Last Updated: March 13, 2018