Asbestosis is a chronic inflammatory medical condition affecting the parenchymal tissue of the lungs caused by the inhalation and retention of asbestos fibers. Asbestosis usually occurs after long-term exposure producing or working with asbestos.
Asbestosis sufferers experience scarring of lung tissue and severe shortness of breath and are at an increased risk for lung cancer and Mesothelioma.
Most people with asbestosis got it on the job before the federal government began regulating the use of asbestos and asbestos products in the mid 1970s.
Asbestosis treatment focuses on alleviating symptoms and to stop the disease from progressing. By stopping exposure to asbestos, asbestosis usually doesn’t progress as quickly.
Smoking greatly increases your chances that the disease will develop into Mesothelioma.
Some drugs treat asbestosis as well as prescription inhalers and supplemental oxygen are some ways to treat asbestosis recommended by Mayo Clinic. In severe cases, a lung transplant may be required. Patients who have good habits for nutrition and plenty of sleep which contribute to better overall health will fare better.