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When And Why Is Asbestos Bad For You?

Asbestos gets into the body when inhaled. Any material containing asbestos is not dangerous unless it starts releasing fibers or dust, forcing anyone close to it to ingest or release it. The fibers are trapped in the mucous membranes in the throat or nose where they can be removed. However, if they pass into the lungs or are swallowed through the digestive tract, you are likely to start experiencing health issues when that happens.

When asbestos is friable, such that it can be crumbled by hand, it is considered very dangerous. When sprayed on insulation, it is hazardous but when it is in the floor tile, it is less hazardous. For the latter option, asbestos will not be released into the air unless it is damaged or disturbed. For instance, if the tile is broken or drilled into, it may release fibers in the air but when left alone it will not be considered hazardous.

What Are The Health Effects Of Asbestos?

It is difficult to destroy asbestos fibers and when ingested or inhaled in the body, they don’t break down or be removed. Therefore, they remain intact where they are lodged causing health issues. Some of these health conditions include the following:

  1. Asbestosis

It is a serious non-cancerous but chronic disease that affects the respiratory system. When the asbestos fibers are inhaled, they scar the lung tissues. Some of the symptoms of the disease include a dry crackling sound when breathing, shortness of breath and cardiac failure in the advanced stages. There is no effective cure for the disease.

  1. Lung Cancer

When exposed to asbestos, you are likely going to get lung cancer. Some of the symptoms include changes in breathing, coughing, persistent chest pains, shortness of breath, anemia and hoarse voice.

  1. Mesothelioma

It is a rare cancerous disease that affects the thin membrane lining inside the lungs, abdomen and chest. People who work directly with asbestos have a higher chance of more exposure than the general population.

How Can You Get Any Of These Health Issues?

There are a few things that determine whether or not you might develop these or more issues for asbestos exposure. These include the following:

  1. a) The duration and amount of exposure where the more fibers entering your body, the higher your chances of developing these conditions. Of course, there is no safety level when it comes to exposure to asbestos but people who have been exposed over a long time have a longer likelihood of getting the disease.


  1. b) If you are a smoker who is also exposed to asbestos, you are likely going to develop lung cancer. If you have been exposed to asbestos, you can reduce your chances of getting lung cancer by quitting smoking.
  2. c) Younger people, especially children have a higher chance of getting mesothelioma than the older generation.

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