Exposure To Silica

Long-term exposure to silica can be an assault on one's lungs. Silica is the basic component of rocks, sand, and soil. People who are constantly exposed to silica dust such as construction workers, miners, quarry workers, etc. are at risk of this exposure. The dust gets accumulated inside the lung and causes long-standing inflammation.

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How much exposure of sanded grout is considered serious?

Query: Hello doctor, The query is about sanded grout exposure. I am quite concerned about my girlfriend’s exposure to silica dust. We were doing a home renovation. I left for about 1.5 hours while she was removing tile in a kitchen. When I had come back I saw she was removing grout with a grinder an...  Read Full »


Dr. Prabhu Prasad N. C

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Looking at the history, it is quite a high-level exposure and it can cause some kind of pneumonitis feature called hypersensitivity pneumonitis or toxic dust syndrome. If she develops symptoms of a cough, breathlessness, better to get a CT thorax to see her lungs and if...  Read Full »

Can I have any health hazards due to short-term silica exposure?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a question about crystalline silica dust exposure. I am a firefighter, and I decided to make some repairs to my helmet with high heat furnace cement. Over the past week, I have been sanding the repairs. I was unaware of the inhalation danger of silica dust. I have been wearing a...  Read Full »


Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. We are here to help you. Yes, you had silica exposure, but it will not be considered as a high-risk exposure. The frequency of exposure was not much so probably it will not cause silica inhalational lung injury. However, in case you develop any cough, wheezing or chest pa...  Read Full »

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