Causes of Siderosis in the Lungs
The causes of siderosis in the lungs can be traced to prolonged exposure to iron oxide dust or fumes. Also referred to as Welder’s lung, siderosis may affect workers in the welding, mining, iron rolling, metal sheet working and steel industries.
Occasional encounters with iron oxide are not enough to cause siderosis. Most patients with this form of pneumoconiosis have had consistent exposure to fumes and dust for an extended period of time, usually in the workplace. Siderosis causes small nodules to develop in the lower half of the lungs which are identified through a chest X-ray or CT scan. While siderosis alone doesn’t produce significant symptoms, it can increase the risk of other lung diseases that cause difficulty breathing, persistent coughing and an overall reduction in quality of life.
The Lung Institute offers an alternative treatment to siderosis and other chronic lung diseases in the form of cellular therapy. This innovative treatment may reduce lung inflammation, lessen severity of symptoms and help patients breathe easier. Cellular therapy at the Lung Institute is relatively painless, has minimal risk of side effects and is performed on an outpatient basis over the course of two days. During the procedure, the patient’s own cells are used to help trigger the body’s natural healing mechanisms. The results are promising – more than 80 percent of Lung Institute patients report an improvement in quality of life following treatment.
While siderosis causes a negative change in your health, if you have been diagnosed with the disease you are not without hope. We encourage you to call us at (800) 729-3065 to speak with a member of our devoted team to learn how cellular therapy at the Lung Institute may be beneficial for you.