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What is Asbestos?

What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is an assortment of six naturally occurring minerals. The most common of these asbestos minerals are chortle and amosite. These microscopic asbestos fibers are extremely resistant to fire and highly durable. They’re resistant to fires and most chemical reactions making them ideal to be used in materials. Construction projects started using these more in the 19th century as the asbestos material was desirable for its properties. It could absorb sound, had tensile strength, resisted fire, and was great for building insulation. The knowledge of carcinogenic effects tied to asbestos dust caused its downfall as a leading material in a majority of countries. It is now known that prolonged exposure to asbestos can cause serious and fatal illnesses including mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis. Asbestos is now regulated strictly and any exposure to this toxic material can now be directly and scientifically tied to many health conditions of the lung.  

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Asbestos Exposure Symptoms

The symptoms of mesothelioma can be different based upon the area of your body affected by the cancer. The symptoms of pleural mesothelioma include; Shortness of breath, Lumps of tissue under your chest skin, Loss of weight, Dry cough, Painful breathing, Painful coughing, and Chest pain near the rib cage. The symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma are; Weight loss, Nausea, Vomiting, Abdominal pain, Abdominal swelling, Change in bowel habits (frequent diarrhea or constipation), and Lumps of tissue in the abdomen.

Asbestos Exposure Causes

Asbestos is a group of minerals with thin microscopic fibers. Because these fibers are resistant to heat, fire, and chemicals and do not conduct electricity, asbestos has been unearthed and used extensively in the construction, automotive, and other industries. If materials consisting of asbestos are disturbed, the tiny fibers are dispensed into the air. When they are inhaled, they can become trapped in the lungs and remain there for many years.


Asbestos Exposure Treatment

Medical doctors prescribe respiration treatment options, prescription medication and, in some cases, surgery for individuals with asbestosis. The prognosis is oftentimes positive. Due to the fact that asbestosis is not a form of lung cancer or mesothelioma, people can live many years, even decades, with the disease.

Asbestos Exposure Diagnosis

The majority of cases are marked by scarring of the lungs and if asbestosis is identified early, prognosis and treatment options can improve. A comprehensive medical assessment is needed before a proper asbestosis diagnosis is made. This includes reviewing possible asbestos exposure, work history, symptoms and undergoing a variety of tests and imaging scans that can discover lung abnormalities.

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