Below you will find more information about Asbestosis from Medigest. If you believe that you are suffering from any of the symptoms of Asbestosis it is important that you obtain an accurate diagnosis from a medical professional to ensure that you obtain the correct medication or treatment for your condition. There are medical conditions that carry similar symptoms associated with Asbestosis and therefore the information provided by Medigest is offered as a guideline only and should never be used in preference to seeking professional medical advice. The information relating to Asbestosis comes from a third party source and Medigest will not be held liable for any inaccuracies relating to the information shown.


Asbestosis is a persistent seditious medical condition upsetting the parenchymal tissue of the lungs. It happens following a long-term, serious contact to asbestos like in mining, and is consequently viewed as a work-related lung ailment. Sufferers have rigorous dyspnea or shortness of breath and are at an augmented danger concerning numerous diverse kinds of lung cancer. As apparent details are not at all times stressed in non-technical writing, care must be taken to differentiate among several types of related ailments. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), these can be defined as asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma or usually a very unusual type of cancer, but growing in occurrence as people exposed to asbestos age.


There is no medicinal treatment for this disease. Oxygen therapy at home is frequently required to ease the shortness of breath. Supportive treatment of symptom consists of respiratory physiotherapy to get rid of discharges from the lungs by postural drainage, chest percussion, and vibration. Nebulized medicine to slight discharges can be given.

Symptoms and Signs

The main symptom of asbestosis is usually the deliberate onset of shortness of breath on action. In severe, complex cases, this might result to respiratory malfunction. Coughing is not frequently a distinctive symptom, if not the patient has other, associated respiratory tract diseases. Individuals with wide work-related contact to the mining, manufacturing, handling or removal of asbestos are at possibility of rising asbestosis. There is also an augmented danger of lung cancer and mesothelioma. Asbestosis and lung cancer need extended exposure to asbestos. Though, cases of mesothelioma have been documented with even 1-3 months of exposure,[3][4] and only indirect exposure (throughout air ventilation system.) The majority cases of asbestosis do not show until 5-10 years following exposure to the material.


The known causes of Asbestosis are asbestos dust, shipbuilding, asbestos mining, asbestos manufacturing, insulation work, brake repair and smoking.

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