Lydia Love wrote:my cough and fucked up throat are just beginning to heal up. I still sound like hell but *less* hell.
I called my condition "Playa Foot in Mouth Disease".
Laynel wrote:Too funny, I was just thinking about what I could do for next year to still look fun/cute/good and protect my nasal passages. Headwraps was almost exactly what I came up with! Silk works well? Thanx for the tip!
dana wrote:As a burner/physician, 'playa lung' has become my current fascinoma. The question is whether playa dust inhalation only results in just short term upper respiratory irritation from dust, or are the particles of dust small enough to end up in the alveoli where they might cause pnuemoconiosis. No way to tell yet, and I'm not trying to make people paranoid, just a little more cautious than what I'm seeing.
In terms of the acute cough people get with fever etc. that sounds like just a bronchitis that your Dr might treat with antibiotics, inhaler and possibly prednisone if you're very wheezy. If anyone has gotten a CBC with a differential I'd be curious if they have higher numbers of eosinophils.
As far as long term exposure to playa dust, and pnuemoconiosis, that might just be showing up (if at all) in some of the long term burners who never used a mask for ten years plus. If any of you creaky old timers who have never worn a mask, have gotten a chest x-ray recently, I'd love to see what the radiology report showed - especially re. "fibrotic changes, nodular infiltrates or calcification of hilar lymph nodes." I have to admit that a good part of my own paranoia comes from the process of building my own house, during which I'm doing all the stone work. The diamond blade I use to score my stone creates a cloud of the real deal, and it reminds me too much of the same density as playa dust
ubu wrote:dana, can you parse some of the technical jargon you are using here. for example, what is pnuemoconiosis? what are fibrotic changes, etc.?
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