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Overview of Environmental Lung Diseases

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The Manual's Editorial Staff

Last full review/revision Mar 2021| Content last modified Mar 2021
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What are environmental lung diseases?

Environmental lung diseases are illnesses caused by harmful particles, mists, vapors, or gases in the air that you breathe.

Most people with an environmental lung disease got it from something at work. For example:

What are the symptoms of environmental lung diseases?

The symptoms of environmental lung disease are like those of many lung disorders:

  • Trouble breathing

  • Cough

  • Chest pain

  • Sudden wheezing

How can doctors tell if I have an environmental lung disease?

How can I prevent environmental lung diseases?

If you have air pollution at work, follow guidelines from government agencies to limit the gases, dust, and fumes you breathe.

See your doctor regularly for screenings to check for lung problems, if you are exposed to harmful air pollution or other substances.

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