Chainsaw Lung?

chris_girard

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Hey guys, hope everyone has had a good summer. I'm sorry that I haven't checked in and made any recent posts, but we've just been slammed with work (NOT complaining).

Over the last 3 months or so, I've been coughing up a storm and think that it may be related to all the sawdust/particulates over the years from cutting. Turned 56 last month and been cutting daily for years. Any of you guys have any lung conditions that have been linked to your work?

I plan on seeing an ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat specialist), but first have to have my heart surgery, which is in 2 weeks...and that's a whole different thread!

Thanks
 

Treeaddict

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Chris, I’m sorry you’re experiencing that.
I thought woodworkers would come down with the same lung condition that stone workers get due to silicates in the wood. Silicosis, I believe? The chainsaw doesn’t throw fine dust usually, but still. I’m curious to hear responses as well.
 

Tree09

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I would be wanting a chest xray or something, the ent dr will be able to advise I'm sure. Keep us in the loop on how you're doing Chris, that's no fun at all.
 

pigwot

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Chris,
I'd agree with Kyle - insist on a chest x-ray to start, and functional lung tests.


I developed allergies to a number of trees - allergist figured it was the continued exposure to the microparticles of dust from cutting, chipping, etcetera.
No persistent cough or lung issues (yet).
 

SeanKroll

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Have you seen the RZ masks, or similar vented masks?

I wear them a lot to cut particulates of all sorts. I can only hold my breath so long.

Rotten wood is also fungi wood.

Wearing filters makes sense.
 
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