Material Amount of crystalline Silicosis (particularly the acute form) is characterized by shortness of breath, cough, fever, and cyanosis (bluish skin). Most dust and dirt if inhaled in trace or small amounts will safely pass through the lungs with the assistance of the cilia (tiny hairs in the lungs). 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! Concrete Dust in Lungs Thread starter Johnny Lightspeed; Start date Feb 21, 2010; Johnny Lightspeed Pilgrim. The good news is that silicosis is 100% preventable. Cement dust causes lung function impairment, chronic obstructive lung disease, restrictive lung disease, pneumoconiosis and carcinoma of the lungs, stomach and colon. During the production of cement, workers may be exposed to airborne particulate matter (dust) generated from cement and raw materials. Learn about crystalline silica (quartz dust), which can raise your risk of lung cancer. Concrete dust may cause chronic bronchitis or aggravate pre-existing lung disease such as emphysema, bronchitis, and asthma. Drink lot of water. 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. There are three forms of crystalline silica: quartz, cristobalite and tridymite. Your lungs will try to secrete lots of mucous and cough it out. After prolonged exposure, respirable concrete dust can cause severe damage to human lungs. This is a progressive disease that normally takes 10â30 years after first exposure to develop. 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. It is present in things like concrete, bricks, mortar, pavers, tiles, cement sheeting, natural stone products and engineered stone slabs. Most concrete and masonry products contain large amounts of sand. When people breathe silica dust, they inhale tiny particles of the mineral silica. 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. 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. On contact with moisture in your mouth, cement and concrete dust forms a corrosive and highly alkaline solution. Silicosis is a form of occupational lung disease caused by inhalation of crystalline silica dust. Crystalline silica has been classified as a human lung carcinogen. 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. In addition, it can cause silicosis, which is incurable. Do some breathing exercises or run to break off phlegm in your lungs and cough it out. With a case of dust pneumonia, the dust travels deep into the alveoli preventing the cilia from moving the dirt throughâleading to infection, possible respiratory failure and lung damage. When you inhale the dust, silica particles scar your lungs, causing a disabling, irreversible, and incurable lung disease called silicosis. Fine particles created by cutting and grinding can get deep into the lungs. Joined Feb 23, 2009 Messages 153. Silica and the lung Crystalline silica is a common mineral found in most rocks, sands and clays.