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Asbestos Related Diseases

Asbestos Related Diseases

Posted on Tuesday 8th November 2016 by Graham

Contracting an asbestos related disease can catch many people unaware as they are unsure of the symptoms which can take decades to develop. There are several different variations of diseases which can be contracted due to prolonged exposure, therefore it’s extremely important to have a complete understanding of the signs and symptoms of having an asbestos related disease.

We will look at the different types of asbestos related diseases and what symptoms you should look out for.

Different types of Asbestos Related Diseases:

  • Benign disease: pleural plaques, pleural thickening, benign pleural effusions.
  • Interstitial lung disease: asbestosis.
  • Malignant disease: particularly mesothelioma and lung cancer.

The three main types of asbestos that have been used for commercial use are crocidolite, amosite and chrysotile. All these fibre types are dangerous so if you, or someone you know, has been in close contact with asbestos it is advisable to go to the doctors immediately

Symptoms of and Asbestos Related Disease:

Breathing in asbestos fibres can scar the lungs of some people, which can lead to a number of symptoms, including:

  • shortness of breath - this may only occur after physical activity at first, but it can eventually become a more constant problem
  • a persistent cough
  • wheezing
  • fatigue (extreme tiredness)
  • chest pain
  • in more advanced cases, clubbed (swollen) fingertips

Nowadays, most people who are diagnosed with asbestosis were exposed many years ago, before there was any effective control on the exposure of asbestos fibres in the workplace.

If you have any of these symptoms and are or previously working in close contact with asbestos is important you go to the doctors immediately before symptoms get any worse.

How you can treat Asbestos:

There is no cure for asbestosis, as the damage to the lungs is irreversible. However, there are ways to reduce your symptoms and improve your quality of life.

Quit Smoking: Smoking can make your symptoms of breathlessness worse and significantly increase your risk of developing lung cancer at a later stage.

Vaccinations: If you have asbestosis, your lungs are much more vulnerable to infection. You will need the flu vaccine every year to ensure you stay protected.

Medication: More severe cases may benefit from medicines where you can visit your GP for guidance.

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