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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Is there a lung specialist there? I cut hardibacker board with circular saw inside without any mask or protection. Hardiboard contains up to 30% silica. It was two different days I cut the hardie backer board for tile. I cut it indoors with no mask. Each time for about two hours. There was a cloud of dust both times and I definitley breathed it for the four hours. Am I a candidate for silicosis now? Please let me know what you think?
Doctor :   hello
User :   Did you see my question?
Doctor :   i am general physician here and yes we do have a pulmonologist on our panel . if you want a specialist opinion i can guide you how to go about it
User :   yes, I would like a specialist oppinion. however, what is yours?
Doctor :   if you chose to go to our specialist there is a fee for it and your THIS CHAT money will be refunded
User :   what is your oppinion/
User :   ?
Doctor :   i can only tell you within my expertise
User :   so what do you think?
Doctor :   well for silicosis to develop you do need a longer exposure
User :   do you think i will ever have complications from this in my future?
Doctor :   2 - 3 days of exposure can cause lung infection and uneasiness and can make you prone to infections
Doctor :   also it depends on the amount you were exposed to
User :   but can 2-3 days manifest silicosis in the future?
Doctor :   are you having any symptoms at the moment ?
Doctor :   no 2- 3 days will not cause silicosis
User :   No, it happened about 2 wks ago. I do have a slight cough, but I can take deep breaths without problem.
Doctor :   there is a condition called Acute silicosis
Doctor :   which results from short-term exposure to very large amounts of silica. The lungs become very inflamed and may fill with fluid, causing severe shortness of breath and low blood oxygen levels.
User :   I have no fluid in the lungs and I can take deep breaths without problem.
Doctor :   well then you are ok
User :   If I had acute silicosis, I would see symptoms after 2 weeks, right/
Doctor :   yes
Doctor :   you will
User :   How do I talk to the expert dr/
User :   ?
Doctor :   sure you have two options
Doctor :   either the specialist can call you or you can mail him your query
Doctor :   i will send you the link
User :   thx
Doctor :   may i know your age please ?
User :   48
Doctor :   do you see the link on your window
Doctor :   ?
User :   yes
User :   thank you. I will end the chat now
Doctor :   Your most welcome
Doctor :   take care
Doctor :   Bye
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