Black lung is the common name for the lung disorder Anthracosis. The lungs have normal pink color, which is turned black by the inhalation of coal dust or smoke.
Black lung was once a common disorder only among coal miners, and today it is also found in city dwellers.

Black lung symptoms

In the early stages the symptoms of Black lung resemble those of bronchitis, with coughing and shortness of breath. If the cause is not removed, over a period of years the coughing gradually gets worse.
Diagnosis is confirmed by an X-ray examination.

Black lung treatment

The lung damage caused by the inhaled dust cannot be repaired, nor can it be treated directly.
Breathing clean air halts the progress of the disease and may help reduce the severity of the symptoms. A victim should avoid further exposure to dust particles.