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Silicosis Risk: Please Help!

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 18, 2011
  • 05:30 PM

Last year i moved into a new house. One of the rooms had a textured finish on two of the walls. The owner said she had mixed silica sand into the paint. Here's the stupid part - whilst redecorating it, I sanded it smooth so I could repaint it.

1. The room was thick with a haze of dust
2. I was in there for two evenings sanding in this haze of paint and silica- no more than 6-8 hours in total. Maybe 5.

3. I can't rememmber if I wore a mask, but if I did, it was a cheap one from the DIY store that didn't fit.

What is my risk of developing silicosis? I see there are three kinds, with one being caused by a one-off exposure to a large volume - is my exposure classed as large/heavy?

please help me!

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  • What is my risk of developing silicosis? I see there are three kinds, with one being caused by a one-off exposure to a large volume - is my exposure classed as large/heavy?please help me!I had a similar situation not too long ago. I decided to use this new andimproved joint compound for some wall work I was doing in my bathroom.The cool thing about this stuff is that it goes on pink and when it driesit turns white. So I bought it and used it. I've used the common stuffmany times and the common stuff simply has nothing really harmful.After sanding the walls I was in the same predicament, but I was wearinga N95 mask. I had an allergic reaction and suffered weeks of of sinus typeof infection/cold feeling only that I instead of smelling infection I smelled thedust. I read the WARNING label on the product and it indicated thatit contained Crystalline Silica; which is listed as a carcinogen and a causeto Silicosis. I researched Silicosis inside in out and backwards and havethe same fear/concern.Now I have the post allergic situation where my it is my throat. Basically,my body is fighting whatever I inhaled off. I am currently under the careof a pulmonologists. The doctor gave me a better indication of what myrisk factors are. Now believe me, I was doing calculations based on OSHAstandards and attempted to calculate the possible amount of Cs that Iprobably inhaled. So here are some factors I found out:You can not measure the amount of exposure without specialized equipment.Just seeing visible dust is not enough to know how much you actually breathed in.The "acute" form of silicosis is rare.There are those who have silicosis and are fine.There workers in a lot worst environments everyday that don't develop silicosis.So consider this; most cases are those who have been in extreme amountsof exposure to silica dust for a number of years to develop silicosis. Thatnumber is small. Now take into account that there is even a smaller numberthat ever form the acute form.My conclusions is this:If you have no symptoms learn from your actions and don't put yourself atrisk again. For me, I will double check the labels and warn anyone andeveryone not to use this joint compound products. There are alternativesto get the job done or hire someone.If you have any sinus irritation and/or cough go to your doctor and tell themabout your exposure. You might want to see a specialist as I mentionedabove. The doctors can only treat your symptoms but the specialist willno what to look for. If you are really paranoid you can get a chest X-rayto confirm that you have nothing formed or forming.Not to freak you out, but it would take some time for the stuff to startdeveloping scar tissue in the lungs. So go to the doctor and stop worrying....Hope this helps.
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  • What is my risk of developing silicosis? I see there are three kinds, with one being caused by a one-off exposure to a large volume - is my exposure classed as large/heavy?please help me!I had a similar situation not too long ago. I decided to use this new andimproved joint compound for some wall work I was doing in my bathroom.The cool thing about this stuff is that it goes on pink and when it driesit turns white. So I bought it and used it. I've used the common stuffmany times and the common stuff simply has nothing really harmful.After sanding the walls I was in the same predicament, but I was wearinga N95 mask. I had an allergic reaction and suffered weeks of of sinus typeof infection/cold feeling only that I instead of smelling infection I smelled thedust. I read the WARNING label on the product and it indicated thatit contained Crystalline Silica; which is listed as a carcinogen and a causeto Silicosis. I researched Silicosis inside in out and backwards and havethe same fear/concern.Now I have the post allergic situation where my it is my throat. Basically,my body is fighting whatever I inhaled off. I am currently under the careof a pulmonologists. The doctor gave me a better indication of what myrisk factors are. Now believe me, I was doing calculations based on OSHAstandards and attempted to calculate the possible amount of Cs that Iprobably inhaled. So here are some factors I found out:You can not measure the amount of exposure without specialized equipment.Just seeing visible dust is not enough to know how much you actually breathed in.The "acute" form of silicosis is rare.There are those who have silicosis and are fine.There workers in a lot worst environments everyday that don't develop silicosis.So consider this; most cases are those who have been in extreme amountsof exposure to silica dust for a number of years to develop silicosis. Thatnumber is small. Now take into account that there is even a smaller numberthat ever form the acute form.My conclusions is this:If you have no symptoms learn from your actions and don't put yourself atrisk again. For me, I will double check the labels and warn anyone andeveryone not to use this joint compound products. There are alternativesto get the job done or hire someone.If you have any sinus irritation and/or cough go to your doctor and tell themabout your exposure. You might want to see a specialist as I mentionedabove. The doctors can only treat your symptoms but the specialist willno what to look for. If you are really paranoid you can get a chest X-rayto confirm that you have nothing formed or forming.Not to freak you out, but it would take some time for the stuff to startdeveloping scar tissue in the lungs. So go to the doctor and stop worrying....Hope this helps.
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