By: FAYLYNN VIDRO
Though there is dust everywhere we go, there are some places that may have more than others, however our lungs are most likely being exposed to dust on a daily basis anyway. While the body has numerous defense mechanisms to treat this dust, you’re still at risk for receiving internal scars as dust passes through your lungs, which can lead to some serious illnesses.
The damage done by dust can either be relatively harmless or create a harsh impact to your body depending on the amount inhaled and/or how your body reacts to it. Once dust passes the tiny air sacs in your lungs called the alveoli, there is a defense mechanism waiting for them. The macrophages are special cells that will attack the dust particles to the best of their ability. These cells push as much dust found in the sacs as they can up to the throat, where hopefully they are spat out by the consumer. Unfortunately, when exposed to large amounts of dust that can’t be eliminated by macrophages, it may result in injury to the lungs by piling up and causing irreversible damage.
If you’re unsure if you’re inhaling a great amount of dust or not, you may want to look out for these symptoms.
- Hard time breathing
- Experiencing shortness of breath
- Coughing more than usual
- Wheezing or notice excess mucus
If these apply to you, your lungs are most likely being damaged as we speak and I would suggest taking a trip to your doctor right away. Lung scarring can lead to numerous lung diseases, such as Silicosis or Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis. Make sure to listen to what your body is telling you.
Some damage that may be done by dust, mold, and other pollutants can be irreversible as well. A Lung Health Institute can help reduce the symptoms caused by dust. Cellular therapy is where you use your own cells to reduce the inflammation in your lungs. Contact your local Lung Health Institute today and talk to a patient coordinator to see if cellular therapy is the right step for you.
Keeping your body healthy may be difficult sometimes, for we can’t exactly look inside and see if everything’s going alright in there. However, take careful observations about how you feel. If you don’t have any symptoms and feel completely fine, make sure to keep your surroundings tidy and clean, and dust your homes every once in a while to prevent any future problems from happening.