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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I cut hardibacker board with circular saw inside without any mask or protection. Hardiboard contains up to 30% silica. It was on two different days that I cut this backer board for tile. I cut it indoors with no mask. Each time was for about two hours. There was a cloud of diust in the room each of these days. I was exposed to the dust for a total of 4 hour (2 hours on one day and 2 hours on another day). I am 48, don't smoke and have good health. It happened two weeks ago. I have no affects: I can take deep breths without issue. I do, however, have a slight cough. Am I a candidate for silicosis now? Please let me know what you think?
Doctor :   Hello
Doctor :   This is Dr Oberoi here and i think we had a talk before regarding your query
Doctor :   were you not able to get to our expert specialist ?
User :   I was hoping tp hook up w another doctor and get his/her oppinion.
Doctor :   we all are general physician here
Doctor :   and we all will be giving you the correct medical advice.
User :   looking for confirmation from another doctor
User :   I added some additional infornation in my initial paragragh.
Doctor :   about your cough ?
User :   Do you think, seriously, that I have nothing to worry about and will never have issue?
User :   My cough my be in my mind.
Doctor :   i can assure you that
Doctor :   as for your cough
User :   tickly in my throat.
Doctor :   let me tell you few things that you can do
User :   I suffer a little from reflex. Can it make me cough a little?
Doctor :   is the cough dry or do you bring out sputum ?
User :   I have been eating late at night lately.
Doctor :   yes the reflux can irritate the trachea mucosa and can cause cough
Doctor :   what you can do is that take a 14 day course of PRILOSEC 20 mg
User :   It is mostly dry, but sometimes it make me cough up clear liquid
Doctor :   its a non prescription drug
Doctor :   it will get rid of your reflux
User :   Are you really sure that my exposure to silica in nothing to worry about?
Doctor :   also have tea with garlic as it will sooth your throat
Doctor :   4 hours is not an indication for silicosis
User :   How long is?
Doctor :   you need minimum 5 years of exposure
Doctor :   tahts too constan
Doctor :   that too constant
User :   did i hurt my lung at all?
Doctor :   it can cause minor allergy
Doctor :   that the body can take care if you are in good health
User :   but nothing permanant, right?
Doctor :   no nothing permanent
Doctor :   if you want you can get a chest x ray done for your self
Doctor :   it will show if you had silicosis
User :   can you forward me our conversation in email. I tries to copy it before, but couldn't.
Doctor :   but i assure you you need constant exposure for it
Doctor :   our technical team will do it for you
User :   thx. Now silicosis won't show up on chest exray for years, right?
Doctor :   moreover you do have the option of an expert pulmonologist if you are not convinced
Doctor :   as a general physician as i told you
User :   thank you, doctor. Please have your team forward me this conversation to my email.
Doctor :   i hope you understand
Doctor :   sure will get it done
Doctor :   is there anything else i can help you with ?
User :   no sir. thx
Doctor :   Your welcome
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