What is Asbestosis
- Asbestosis (as-bes-TOE-sis) is a chronic lung disease distinguished by a scarring of lung tissues.
- causes of asbestosis is due to prolonged inhaling of asbestos fibers thus leading to long-term fibrosis.
- symptoms of asbestosis exposure end up with thickening of lung tissues, causing chest pain and breathing difficulties.
- asbestosis anthracosis and silicosis are considered occupational diseases and it does not have a cure.
- asbestosis symptoms can range from mild to severe.
- The early symptoms of asbestosis do not appear until many years after continued exposure.
- prolonged exposure to asbestos can cause lung cancer asbestosis and death may occurs.
- Asbestosis is linked to chrysotile fibers, one of the six known types of asbestos.
- asbestosis prognosis for asbestosis is often positive and people can live many years.
Risk Factors of Asbestosis
- asbestosis exposure - Workers in the
- railroad, and
- automotive industries
Risk Factors of Asbestosis
- The risk factor of asbestosis mesothelioma is how much asbestos was in the breathed air, or the "concentration."
- The other risk factor is the cumulative length of all exposures or "duration."
- The more asbestos inhaled (dose), the greater risk of contracting an asbestosis.
- asbestosis life expectancy - The time from first exposure to the discovery of illness is called the latency period.
- The shortest latency period for asbestosis is 5 to 10 years.
- Generally it takes 40 or more years from first exposure till disease diagnosis.
- asbestosis causes : Asbestosis can get worse over time and people with asbestosis have higher risk of developing :
- pleural disease
- lung cancer
- Known for its long, curly fibers, chrysotile is the most common type of asbestos used in industrial and commercial applications.
- asbestosis cause - chrysotile fibers is termed as white asbestos and is a confirmed cause of asbestos-related disease, asbestosis including malignant mesothelioma in humans.
- This is the most commonly used form of asbestos.
- Russia and Canada are major producers of chrysotile.
- The use of the chrysotile was widely banned in 1999.
- Despite strict regulations large amounts of asbestos are still found in many older buildings.
- asbestosi is usually diagnosed by chest X-ray or CT scan that shows scarring of the lung tissues.
- No treatment can reverse the effects of asbestosis cancer on the alveoli of lungs.
- mesothelioma treatment focuses on slowing the progression of the disease and pain relief.
- A supplemental oxygen is prescribed to ease breathing.
- This is delivered by thin plastic tubing with prongs that fit into your nostrils or a mask.
- If the asbestosis symptoms are severe, the patient may need a lung transplant.