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What causes sore throat?

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Posted on Mon, 13 Jun 2016
Question: What element in concrete causes a sore throat?
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Answered by Dr. Bonnie Berger-Durnbaugh (26 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Silica (crystaline silica dust)

Detailed Answer:
Hello and welcome,

Any of the dusts from aerosolized concrete, when it is drilled into or chopped up, can cause a sore throat, irritated sinuses and lungs. Protection should be worn to keep it out of the respiratory system as over time it can do damage.

If you are looking for one element in the concrete, it is most likely irrigation from silica, but any part of the dust can cause irritation.

I hope this answers your question. Please let me know if you would like more information or clarification.
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What causes sore throat?

Brief Answer: Silica (crystaline silica dust) Detailed Answer: Hello and welcome, Any of the dusts from aerosolized concrete, when it is drilled into or chopped up, can cause a sore throat, irritated sinuses and lungs. Protection should be worn to keep it out of the respiratory system as over time it can do damage. If you are looking for one element in the concrete, it is most likely irrigation from silica, but any part of the dust can cause irritation. I hope this answers your question. Please let me know if you would like more information or clarification.