Concrete dust asthma

You may have come across the term “concrete dust,” which is an abbreviation for “concrete asthma.” These are asthma attacks that happen in people who are exposed to chemicals in concrete.

They’re more likely to happen in children who have asthma. They develop when you breathe in concrete dust and other irritants, such as fumes from welding fumes or cement fumes.

The American Lung Association says the most common chemicals are:

  • Silica
  • Metal oxides
  • Calcium hydroxide
  • Calcium carbonate

They’re found even in some types of rock and soil.

How to avoid concrete dust?

To avoid getting cement dust, you can:

  • Don’t use concrete
  • Get rid of things containing cement
  • Use a mask when you’re near cement
  • Wear a dust mask when you’re around cement
  • Wear a mask on the job when you work near cement

How to treat concrete dust?

The symptoms of cement dust can be treated in a doctor’s office.

You can use nasal corticosteroids to treat the symptoms. A doctor may also prescribe a long-term inhaler.

In some cases, you may need other treatments, such as:

  • Changing your indoor air quality
  • Taking antihistamines
  • Taking antibiotics
  • Going to the hospital
  • Using other methods, such as surgery

What you can do now?

If you’re breathing in cement dust, it’s important to keep track of your symptoms. You should also see your doctor to make sure that your symptoms aren’t caused by something else.

If you’re a child with asthma, you may be able to work in a job that uses cement to make everything from playground equipment to household items. You should also have your asthma managed by your doctor.

If you smoke, quitting is the best way to avoid cement dust.

If you have been diagnosed with asthma, you should also have your doctor monitor your symptoms if you’re exposed to cement dust, especially if you’ve been diagnosed with a chronic lung condition.

A 2019 study found that people with asthma who were exposed to cement dust had more severe asthma symptoms, including:

  • Chest tightness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing
  • Itchy eyes and nose

How to prevent concrete dust?

You can reduce your risk of getting cement dust by avoiding:

  • Using cement in the workplace
  • Using concrete on the job
  • Having cement around where you work

As for concrete dust, you can help prevent it by:

  • Keeping your room free of all types of dust
  • Using a mask when you’re near cement
  • Wearing a mask when you’re around cement
  • Getting rid of things containing cement

When can you get rid of it?

You can get rid of concrete dust by:

  • Getting rid of things that contain cement
  • Wearing a mask when you’re around concrete

When to see a doctor?

If you’re breathing in cement dust, you should see a doctor to get the right diagnosis.

A person should get a diagnosis as soon as they start having symptoms. The sooner the diagnosis, the sooner you can get help.

You should also see a doctor if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Coughing up pink or bloody phlegm
  • Chest tight
  • Fever
  • Wheezing with chest pain
  • Pounding heart
  • Swelling around your chest
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Severe asthma attack

Prevention tips for concrete dust

You can prevent cement dust from getting into your lungs by:

  • Wearing a mask or other form of protective gear when you’re around cement.
  • Maintaining your room free of dust and other chemicals.
  • Making sure you don’t bring any cement into your home.
  • Using a vacuum cleaner to pick up dust and chemicals.
  • Wearing gloves when you vacuum.

You should also wash your clothes and sheets at least once a week.

Take the stairs and avoid using public transportation if you can.

If you still have symptoms, it’s time to see your doctor.

Take care until you’ve been diagnosed.

How to get rid of concrete dust?

If you want to get rid of concrete dust, there are a few different ways to do it.

You may be able to get rid of cement dust in your home by:

  • Getting rid of things that contain it, such as furniture, carpets, and wallpaper.
  • Getting rid of cement in your house.
  • Using a vacuum cleaner to remove cement dust.
  • Using a dust mask when you’re around cement.

If you’re exposed to cement dust regularly, you may want to consider:

  • Getting help from a professional, such as an environmental health specialist.
  • Changing your indoor air quality.
  • Taking long-term medications, such as antihistamines.
  • Going to the doctor to get help for your asthma.

You may also want to consider:

  • Changing your diet.
  • Taking cough and cold medicine.
  • Getting rid your tobacco.
  • Taking antihistamines or pain medicines.

If you have asthma, you may want to try taking an asthma action plan.

If you have other conditions, such as allergies or asthma, you may want to see your doctor to get it managed.

What will it take to get rid of cement dust?

If you want to get rid of cement dust, you’ll need to spend some time cleaning your home.

Here are some ways to get rid of it:

  • Vacuuming or cleaning surfaces with a vacuum cleaner.
  • Using a dust mask.
  • Getting rid your mold.
  • Keeping your home free of dust and other chemicals.
  • Using an air filter.
  • Maintaining your home to avoid dust.

If you’re still having symptoms, you should talk to your doctor and get a proper diagnosis.

Outlook

The symptoms of cement dust exposure are temporary. If you have asthma, you may have lasting effects from the dust.

If you have asthma, you may want to find a way to lower your exposure to cement dust at home. You can do this by:

If the symptoms don’t go away, you should talk to your doctor. They can help you find a treatment plan to get rid of your symptoms

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