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Chronic bronchitis is a common type of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) which affects miners. Chronic bronchitis causes inflammation and irritation of the airways known as bronchial tubes. When the bronchial tubes are inflamed and irritated, thick mucus begins to form in them. Over time, this mucus accumulates and plugs up the airways of the lungs, making it hard to breathe.
If you have been diagnosed with chronic bronchitis, you should seek legal advice from an experienced dust diseases lawyer. Our bronchitis solicitors have many years experience in handling compensation claims arising from exposure to coal dust, asbestos fibres, and other hazardous substances.
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Chronic Occupational Bronchitis and Mining
In one study it was estimated that a person with 20 or more years of experience in underground gold mining had around five times the rate of chronic bronchitis, with or without functional obstruction, and eight times the rate of chronic bronchitis with a restrictive disorder.
Underground experience in mining minerals other than gold conferred similar levels of risk. Coal miners have higher mortality and morbidity rates from chronic bronchitis and lower ventilation capacities than men of the same age in other occupations.
Symptoms of Occupational Bronchitis
A person with chronic occupational bronchitis will have a persistent mucus-producing cough that is present most days of the month, or for three months of the year for two successive years. The person may have trouble breathing normally, wheezing, and a tight feeling in the chest when breathing.
Chronic Bronchitis Diagnosis
A doctor will take a thorough medical history and conduct an examination. They will usually perform Pulmonary Function Testing (PFT) to measure the airflow and volume of air in the patient's lungs.
Arterial blood samples may also be taken to measure oxygen and carbon dioxide levels.
A chest x-ray and/or CT scan of the lungs may also be ordered, to confirm the diagnosis of chronic bronchitis and to rule out the existence of other lung diseases.
Chronic Bronchitis Treatment
Patients are advised to quit smoking, avoid dust, fumes and pollution.
A bronchodilator which is a type of inhaler that provides medicine to open and relax the lung airways may make it easier to breathe.
Steroids may be inhaled as an aerosol spray, to help relieve symptoms. Over time, however, inhaled steroids can cause various side effects, such as weakened bones, diabetes and cataracts.
Persons with chronic bronchitis are also prone to respiratory infections and may need antibiotics. They should also receive a flu vaccine annually and pneumonia vaccine every five to seven years to help prevent infections.
For patients with reduced blood oxygen levels, oxygen therapy is necessary to relieve symptoms and help prolong life. In severe cases of chronic bronchitis, surgery may be needed. Lung volume reduction surgery involves removing small sections of damaged lung tissue.
The goal of treatment for chronic bronchitis is to relieve symptoms, prevent complications such infections, and slow the progression of the disease.AUSTRALIA LAWYER HELPLINE: ☎ 1800 339 958