Cotton worker's lung; Cotton bract disease; Mill fever; Brown lung
The most important treatment is to stop exposure to the dust. Reducing dust levels in the factory (by improving machinery or ventilation) will help prevent byssinosis. Some people may have to change jobs to avoid further exposure.
Medications such as bronchodilators will usually improve symptoms. Corticosteroids may be prescribed in more severe cases.
Stopping smoking is very important for people with this condition.
Physical exercise programs, breathing exercises, and patient education programs are often very helpful for people with a chronic
Attending support groups with others who are affected by similar diseases can often help you understand your disease and adjust to the treatments and lifestyle changes required.
Symptoms usually improve after stopping exposure to the dust. Continued exposure can lead to damaged lung function. In the U.S., worker's compensation may be available to people with byssinosis.
Chronic bronchitis may develop.
Calling your health care provider
Call your health care provider if you have symptoms of byssinosis.