Asbestosis & Dust Diseases
- Q What is asbestosis?
Asbestosis is a breathing disorder that is caused by inhaling microscopic particles of asbestos, an insulating material. This disease can cause the lung tissue to become scarred and inflamed. This disease develops over many years, so you may not... Full Answer
- Q How are asbestos-related diseases detected?
A thorough physical examination, including a chest x-ray and lung function tests, may be recommended. The chest x-ray is currently the most common tool used to detect asbestos-related diseases. However, it is important to note that chest x-rays cannot... Full Answer
- Q What is asbestos?
Asbestos is the name given to a group of minerals that occur naturally in the environment as bundles of fibers that can be separated into thin, durable threads. These fibers are resistant to heat, fire, and chemicals and do not conduct electricity. For... Full Answer
- Q How do dust disease and asbestosis affect the body?
Dust disease and asbestosis can deteriorate lung functioning and put excess strain on the heart. Normally, the lungs are protected from inhaled microscopic particles by cilia, which are tiny hairs that line airways and catch particles before they reach... Full Answer
- Q What do I need to know when caring for someone with a dust disease?
There is no way to undo the damage to lung tissue caused by dust diseases such as asbestosis and silicosis. However, if someone you know has been diagnosed with a dust disease, you can be an important part of the support system that helps them manage... Full Answer
- Q How do dust disease and asbestosis affect my quality of life?
The degree to which dust diseases can affect the quality of your life varies. Some people who are diagnosed early with asbestosis or silicosis may have mild symptoms and lead fairly normal lives. In others, the shortness of breath worsens and may require... Full Answer
- Q How do other illnesses affect dust disease and asbestosis?
Dust diseases such as asbestosis and silicosis can make you more susceptible to infections and can cause various forms of lung cancer, especially combined with smoking. Particles of asbestos and silica are difficult to break down because they are so... Full Answer
- Q How can I protect my children from dust disease and asbestosis?
Since the mid 1970's, there have been strict regulations protecting workers and the general public from exposure to asbestos and silica particles. However, that does not mean you cannot come into contact with asbestos. Your children may be at risk for... Full Answer
- Q What is the duration of dust disease?
Symptoms of dust diseases such as asbestosis and silicosis take years to develop and once symptoms occur, it is impossible to reverse the buildup of lung damage. For instance, symptoms of asbestosis may take 20 years or more to develop after the initial... Full Answer
- Q Can dust diseases be cured?
There is currently no cure for dust diseases because damage from lung scarring cannot be reversed. However, there are several methods of treatment that can help reduce current symptoms and prevent further complications. People with dust diseases are... Full Answer