Asbestosis

Asbestosis is a respiratory medical condition caused by asbestos fiber inhaling. Asbestos fibers that are inhaled may result in Fibrosis (scar tissues) to form inside the person’s lung.

Fibrosis can’t perform exchange of gas, does not expand and contracts normally. Asbestosis severity depends on how long an individual exposed to asbestos and the inhaled amount. Asbestosis AsbestosisFrequently, lung scar tissue (fibrosis) and symptoms don’t happen and are left unnoticed for a period of twenty or more years after exposure to asbestos. Fibers of asbestos were usually used by construction workers before 1970s. Exposure of asbestos occurred in milling industries, asbestos mining, fireproofing, construction, and other industries. In asbestos workers’ families members, such exposure may also happen from particles brought to house on the worker’s clothing.

Related asbestos diseases includes Pleural Effusion, malignant Mesothelioma, and Calcification (pleural plaques). Mesothelioma can progress twenty-fourty years after person’s exposure. Currently, workers are less likely to progress asbestos related diseases because of regulations in government. Smoking of tobacco increases asbestosis risk.

Asbestosis symptoms include cough, chest pain, chest tightness, and breath shortness. Other possible symptoms may include finger clubbing and abnormality of nails. A doctor may detect a crackling sounds while listening person’s chest by using a stethoscope (auscultation). Such tests as CT, X-Ray, pulmonary function tests and gallium lung scan may confirm asbestosis diagnosis and other related asbestos diseases.

The treatment of asbestosis is not available. It is very important for the person to stop further exposure to asbestos. To subside symptoms, chest percussion, vibration and postural drainage may help remove lungs secretion. To thin secretions, a pulmonologist may prescribe medication in aerosol form. Patients, who have Asbestosis, may require to oxygen by a plastic piece or by mask that fits into the nostrils. C

ertain individuals may need transplantation of the lung. Asbestosis outcome depends on asbestos exposure extent and duration. A person develops malignant Mesothelioma, has a poor outcome (about 75% of those die within one year). Asbestosis complications include pleural effusion and malignant Mesothelioma. If an individual suspects that he or she has been exposed to asbestos or experiences unexplained symptoms, they should immediately contact their physician. In early stages, a chest x-ray may help to prevent Asbestosis.

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