Crystalline silica has been classified as a human lung carcinogen. Your lungs will try to secrete lots of mucous and cough it out. Crystalline silica is present in certain construction materials such as concrete, masonry, and brick and also in commercial products such as some cleansers, cosmetics, pet litter, talcum powder, caulk, and paint. Silicosis (particularly the acute form) is characterized by shortness of breath, cough, fever, and cyanosis (bluish skin). Learn about crystalline silica (quartz dust), which can raise your risk of lung cancer. It is present in things like concrete, bricks, mortar, pavers, tiles, cement sheeting, natural stone products and engineered stone slabs. Concrete Dust in Lungs Thread starter Johnny Lightspeed; Start date Feb 21, 2010; Johnny Lightspeed Pilgrim. After prolonged exposure, respirable concrete dust can cause severe damage to human lungs. Joined Feb 23, 2009 Messages 153. It is marked by inflammation and scarring in the form of nodular lesions in the upper lobes of the lungs.It is a type of pneumoconiosis. When people breathe silica dust, they inhale tiny particles of the mineral silica. On contact with moisture in your mouth, cement and concrete dust forms a corrosive and highly alkaline solution. With a case of dust pneumonia, the dust travels deep into the alveoli preventing the cilia from moving the dirt through—leading to infection, possible respiratory failure and lung damage. We cover this in more detail in the skin section below, but if you don't want this dust on your skin, you are not going to want it in your mouth, nose or lungs either! During the production of cement, workers may be exposed to airborne particulate matter (dust) generated from cement and raw materials. Do some breathing exercises or run to break off phlegm in your lungs and cough it out. Drink lot of water. There are three forms of crystalline silica: quartz, cristobalite and tridymite. The good news is that silicosis is 100% preventable. Feb 21, 2010 #1 So last June I was riding in a gondola with a somewhat fine coating of what I assume was concrete dust on the floor. Most concrete and masonry products contain large amounts of sand. This is a progressive disease that normally takes 10–30 years after first exposure to develop. In addition, it can cause silicosis, which is incurable. Over time, the silica dust particles can cause lung inflammation that leads to the formation of lung nodules and scarring in the lungs called pulmonary fibrosis. In addition to an increased risk for lung cancer, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lists other health effects as occupational asthma, nasal irritation, respiratory irritation and nosebleeds 2. Silicosis is a form of occupational lung disease caused by inhalation of crystalline silica dust. 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