Asbestosis is a lung disorder caused by the inhalation of asbestos fibers. It is a severe condition that can cause disability and even death.
Studies have shown that workers who inhale asbestos fibers can develop scarring of the lungs as well as inflammation, and this scarring can lead to Asbestosis.
Asbestosis increases the risk of an individual developing a type of cancer known as Mesothelioma.
A person with Asbestosis may experience difficulties breathing, coughing with phlegm, weight loss, chest pain, and feelings of fatigue and depression.
The symptoms of Asbestosis can develop decades after the initial asbestos exposure occurs.
Asbestosis is diagnosed by X-rays, lung function tests, and a physical examination.
Treatment for Asbestosis consists of lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking and taking medications to reduce inflammation and minimize lung scarring.
Research suggests that eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, and getting adequate rest, in addition to medications, can help improve symptoms.
The prognosis of Asbestosis varies from person to person, depending on how much damage there is to the individual's lungs and how early the diagnosis is.
There is no cure for Asbestosis, and avoiding exposure to asbestos fibers is the most effective way to prevent it.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has put in place regulations to reduce the risk of worker exposure to asbestos, such as using respirators and other safety devices and limiting the amount of asbestos in the work environment.