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Can you get black lung from breathing wood burner soot?

I have a wood burner, my source of heat. not my choice. lol it leaves sooty dust on furniture and windows, etc. sometimes my nostrils get black. my grandpa died of black lung. I know his was from coal, but black soot is black soot.


Asked by Dianakk at 6:35 PM on Jan. 26, 2011 in Health

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  • I have a wood burning stove too in my home and I get black in my nose too, but black lung is specifically from coal dust, not just soot. You would have to breath in large amounts of the smoke from your fireplace to even have it affect your lungs negatively.

    Answer by tatsyanne at 6:48 PM on Jan. 26, 2011

  • Thank you so much! I can "breath" easy now! pun intended

    Comment by Dianakk (original poster) at 6:50 PM on Jan. 26, 2011

  • not black lung- but sure is not healthy!

    Answer by chefjen at 8:35 PM on Jan. 26, 2011

  • i know and i have asthma

    Comment by Dianakk (original poster) at 8:47 PM on Jan. 26, 2011

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