Anyone who works with asbestos should wear a protective mask or a hood with a clean-air supply and obey recommended procedures to control asbestos dust. Workers in asbestosis-related industries should have regular x rays to determine whether their lungs are healthy. A person whose lung x ray shows a shadow should eliminate asbestos exposure even if no symptoms of the condition have appeared. Asbestos in the home should be removed by workers trained in safe removal techniques.
It's important to stop smoking, particularly because of the extremely heightened risk of lung cancer. In addition, smoking may cause emphysema, which further reduces lung reserves. It is important to immediately treat a cold or a bout of the flu promptly to avoid complications because of the impaired lung condition. Smokers who have been in contact with asbestos can reduce their risk of lung cancer by giving up smoking and should probably have a chest x-ray annually.
More information on asbestosis
What is asbestosis? - Asbestosis is a chronic progressive disease characterised pathologically by interstitial fibrosis and asbestos bodies. What is asbestos? - Asbestos is a natural mineral product known to be resistant to heat and corrosion. Asbestos causes cancer in the pleura, called mesothelioma. What causes asbestosis? - Asbestosis is caused by long-term inhalation of asbestos fibers. There is an increased risk of lung cancer and mesothelioma associated with asbestosis. What're the symptoms of asbestosis? - Symptoms of asbestosis include shortness of breath following exercise or other physical activity, dry cough and a generalized feeling of illness. How is asbestosis diagnosed? - Diagnosis of asbestosis dependends on a good and accurate clinical history taking. Occupational exposure to asbestosis is critical to the diagnosis. What's the treatment for asbestosis? - The goal of treatment for asbestosis is to help patients breathe more easily, prevent colds and respiratory infections, and control complications of asbestosis. How to prevent asbestosis? - Anyone who works with asbestos should wear a protective mask or a hood with a clean-air supply and obey recommended procedures to control asbestos dust.
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