Are You at Risk of Asbestosis?
Asbestos is made up tiny fibers that are extremely light and can easily travel through air. The material was used in construction materials prior to the mid-1980s until they were banned by the government.
Asbestos dust does not pose much of a risk if it left undisturbed. The dust becomes dangerous when it is airborne. This is the reason why experts caution against drilling into, or chipping away at, structures containing asbestos.
When broken asbestos containing floor tiles and roof shingles are left out in the open, they pose a serious health risk to everyone in the surrounding area.
How does asbestos affect people?
When asbestos dust is inhaled, the fibers enter the respiratory system and are trapped within the lungs. They irritate the tissues lining the inside of the lungs causing a great deal of discomfort for the person affected.
Asbestosis is a serious lung condition that is caused by an extended period of exposure to asbestos. It occurs when a large number of asbestos fibers accumulate in a person’s lungs.
What are the symptoms of asbestosis?
The following are some of the symptoms associated with asbestosis:
- Difficulty in breathing even when a person is not engaged in physical activity
- Extreme fatigue
- Chronic cough than does not go away
- Frequent chest pains
- At times, it can also cause the fingertips to swell
If a person experiences any of these symptoms, he/she must be taken to a doctor immediately for treatment.
What are the effects of asbestosis?
If asbestosis is not detected early and treated properly, it can have a highly detrimental effect on a person’s health. People suffering from asbestosis have a greater chance of developing other serious, and potentially life-threatening, problems like:
Pleural disease: The swelling of the membrane encapsulating the lungs which causes breathlessness in the patient and discomfort in the chest.
Mesothelioma: A kind of lung cancer affecting the layer covering the lungs. It is the main cause of death in people suffering from asbestosis.
Prevention is the best cure. If the building you work or live in has asbestos, get rid of it as soon as you can. Contact an asbestos removal service to take care of the problem before it affects you.