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What Is Asbestosis?

Asbestosis is a serious lung condition caused by exposure to asbestos. Many asbestosis cases trace back to consistent exposure to asbestos-containing materials in construction sites, ships and industrial facilities.

Asbestosis is one of many interstitial lung diseases that cause inflammation and scarring in the lungs. Inhaled asbestos fibers can cause scar tissue, known as pulmonary fibrosis, to form within the lungs. When dust from sources such as asbestos cause this type of disease, it is known as pneumoconiosis or occupational lung disease.

There is no cure for asbestosis, but treatment can alleviate symptoms and slow disease progression.

Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that most commonly develops in the lining of the lungs, known as pleural mesothelioma. It can also develop in the lining of the abdomen, heart and testes. Asbestos-related lung cancer develops in lung tissues.

These conditions are caused by years of occupational asbestos exposure and can damage a type of tissue in the lungs called parenchymal tissue. This delicate tissue is responsible for oxygenating red blood cells.

Asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma begin to develop at least 20 years after asbestos exposure takes place. The conditions share similar symptoms, but are diagnosed and treated differently. People can live longer with asbestosis than lung cancer or mesothelioma. 

THE MOST COMMON ASBESTOSIS SYMPTOMS INCLUDE:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Persistent dry cough
  • Chest tightness and pain
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of weight and appetite
  • Crackling sound when breathing
  • Clubbing of fingers and toes

If you or a loved one have been exposed or have any of the symptoms listed above please fill out the form above or 

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