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What Is Asbestos?

By Clare Westwood

What is Asbestosis?

Asbestos is the term coined for a medical condition that affects the tissue of the lungs due to an inhalation of asbestos or, exposure to asbestos fibers. Asbestosis is usually the result of long term exposure to asbestos and therefore the disease is very common in those working in certain industries. It is largely considered to be an occupational lung disease for this reason. People working in the mining industry, manufacturing industry and construction industry are said to be the most at risk from asbestosis. One common symptom of asbestosis is shortness of breath. Sufferers are at a heightened risk of developing additional lung complaints and illnesses such as lung cancer and mesothemioma.

Currently there is no sure for Asbestosis although oxygen therapy is often used by sufferers to relieve the symptoms such as shortness of breath. Other treatments include respiratory physiotherapy sessions with the aim of removing secreations from the lungs and stimulate drainage. Nebulizer medications are also commonly prescribed with the aim of loosening secreations.

Sufferers are also regularly offered immunizations against pneumonia and seasonal influenza as contracting either of these can make Asbestos symptoms much worse. It is also advised that if sufferers smoke they should give up immediately due to the increased risk of lung disease.

Sufferers are urged to visit their doctors for regular screenings and x-rays due to the increased risk of developing problems. It is also a good idea to report your condition to the local health authority so that they can investigate the cause if necessary. Compensation claims are another option open to asbestosis sufferers.

The many legal cases began to be filed first in 1929. Since 1929 there have been many former employees claiming damages from their past employers, particularly if they were employed by an asbestos manufacturer. It has been suggested that mesthelioma was known about prior to 1929. The claims have seen millions of pounds being paid out to sufferers who have become ill due to negligence of former employers.

An lasbestos lung cancer claim should be made through a reliable solicitor. Asbestos exposure is very dangerous and can lead to health problems later in life.

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Westwood, Clare "What Is Asbestos?." What Is Asbestos?. 22 Jun. 2010. 18 Jul 2014 <>.

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Westwood, C (2010, June 22). What Is Asbestos?. Retrieved July 18, 2014, from

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Westwood, Clare "What Is Asbestos?"

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