Find Out More about Asbestos Related Disease
What is an asbestos related disease? It is a disease caused by asbestos fibers.
If we breathe in and retention of asbestos fibers, so there will be a permanent scar and inflammatory that affects lungs tissue.
Then, some types of asbestosis diseases may appear, such as mesothelioma, pleural plaques, lung cancer, pleural effusion, and laryngeal cancer.
People who have extensive exposure to handling, removing, processing, manufacturing, or even mining asbestos have high possibility to develop asbestosis.
However, the first symptoms will not appear after 10 to 50 years.
Symptoms of Asbestos Related Disease
As mentioned before, the signs of the asbestos related disease may appear in 10 to 50 years after exposure to asbestos.
After the time, some symptoms might appear.
Here are some commons symptoms of asbestosis:
- Chest pain
- Appetite loss
- Finger clubbing
- Nail deformities
- Tightness in your chest
- Shortness of breath
- Persistent dry cough
If you were ever exposure by asbestos directly before and appeared these symptoms, so you may indicate asbestosis diseases.
However, you can call a doctor first to get clear diagnose.
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The asbestos fibers that come into your lung will lead to some scar and inflammation.
Then, this swelling and discoloration of your lung will lead the difficulty to breathe since it will prevent the tissue of lung to contract and expand normally.
In that situation, you have to get a test to learn more about your symptoms.
Diagnosis of Asbestos Related Disease
For testing, a doctor will use the stethoscope. If there is abnormal breathe sounds, so it might be indicated as asbestos related diseases that lead some symptoms.
Then, a doctor may order X-rays to look further if there is honeycomb or white appearance on your chest, especially lungs.
To make sure it more about asbestos related disease, you will get examine with pulmonary function test.
It has a purpose of measuring the air that can be inhaled and the airflow which come in-out to your lungs.
The doctor will test how much that oxygen that can be transferred from your lungs to the bloodstream.
After that, CT scan is needed to examine the condition of your lungs for more details.
For the last, there will be a biopsy to see asbestos fibers in your lung tissue.
The series of the tests will be done one by one to make sure that the symptoms are truly from asbestosis fibers or not.
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Treatments for Asbestos Related Disease
Unfortunately, an asbestos related disease cannot be cured, but there is still some treatment that will help to reduce or control the symptoms.
For the first medication to control the symptoms is by prescription inhalers. It will help you to lose the congestion in lungs.
Then, a tube or mask supplemental oxygen also can be prepared to assist in the severe difficulty of breathing.
If you are a smoker, you have to quit smoking that will not make your lungs condition getting worst.
For the last option when the condition is severe is a lung transplant. This last way can be taken if there are complications in your lungs.