What is Welder's Lung?
Welder's Lung, or referred to as Pneumosiderosis, is a lung disease that occurs with constant exposure to iron dust. Welder's Lung commonly develops in welders, but usually takes years of working in the industry for symptoms to show. With chronic exposure to iron dust, people have also been known to develop Interstitial Lung Disease, Chronic Bronchitis and the worsening of Pneumosiderosis symptoms.
Welder's Lung Symptoms
The symptoms that are sometimes associated with Welder's Lung or pneumosiderosis are as follows:
- Coughing and/or wheezing
- Shortness of breath
- mucus excess
It should be noted that symptoms have been known to occur in welders who also smoke.
How to Prevent and Treat Welder's Lung
Just like with preventing a flash burn, there are a lot of simple ways to help prevent Welder's Lung. These include proper ventilation and appropriate headgear.
If you start noticing symptoms it is highly advised to seek a medical professional for diagnosis and treatment.