In addition to mesothelioma, asbestosis can also be caused by asbestos exposure.
What’s the problem?
Asbestosis is a chronic inflammatory and fibrotic medical condition affecting the tissue of the lungs caused by the inhalation of asbestos fibers. It usually occurs after high-intensity and / or long-term exposure to asbestos, and is therefore regarded as an occupational lung disease. People with extensive occupational exposure to the mining, manufacturing, handling or removal of asbestos are at risk of developing asbestosis.
Some asbestosis symptoms include:
- Shortness of breath, initially only with exertion, but eventually even while resting
- Decreased tolerance for physical activity
- Chest pain
- Finger deformity (clubbing) in some cases
- Although most of these signs and symptoms are similar to those of other breathing disorders, such as asthma, the way in which they develop is different. In asbestosis the effects of the disease occur over months and years.
Like many of the asbestos-related diseases, there is no curative treatment that can be administered to asbestosis sufferers. The scarring that characterizes asbestosis is an irreversible turn of events that, in certain instances, can require the surgical removal of a lung judged to be too damaged to serve a purpose. Asbestosis will forever impede a sufferer’s lung functionality to some extent. As a result, asbestosis treatments are focused on providing victims with symptomatic relief through the use of palliative treatments.