COPD and Diesel Fume Exhaust
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Can Be Caused By Diesel Fume/Diesel Exhaust Exposure
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, commonly known as COPD, is a lung disease that makes it difficult to breathe and is caused by damage to the lungs over the years. COPD develops slowly over time, and sometimes symptoms do not arise until years after exposure. COPD is a serious disease that can lead to disability or death. Currently there is no cure for COPD. However, those with COPD can often relieve symptoms by not smoking and taking prescribed medication.
COPD can be caused by long term exposure to workplace dusts and chemical fumes, including diesel fumes and diesel exhaust. Railroad workers often breathe in diesel exhaust when riding on locomotives and when working in the railroad yard near idling or running locomotives. Additionally, cigarette smoking or exposure to smoke may cause or exacerbate COPD symptoms. People with COPD may suffer from shortness of breath, coughing and wheezing, weight loss, and difficulty sleeping.
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