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Exposure to asbestos can lead to asbestosis

Being exposed to asbestos can lead to significant health issues. Many people tend to focus on mesothelioma in these cases, but that isn't the only health issue that can occur. Another problem that might happen is asbestosis.

This condition is caused specifically by a person inhaling asbestos fibers. People who work near asbestos, such as abatement professionals, should have appropriate equipment so they can avoid breathing the fibers.

The issue with asbestos fibers is that they are irritants. They can cause fibrosis, which is scarring, on the internal lung surface. The affected tissues can't contract or expand like they are supposed to, which can have a negative impact on a person's breathing. Asbestosis might lead to claims for compensation due to the life effects.

Asbestosis isn't a condition that is usually evident right away. While some people might take a while to notice it, they are unlikely to start to develop symptoms until 20 years or more after the exposure to asbestos. Of course, there is also a possibility that mesothelioma or lung cancer might show up later.

It is less likely these days that a person who works near asbestos will be exposed to the fibers that will cause this issue and other problems. This is due to the regulations that the government has enacted to help keep people safe.

Still, workers who are around the substance should make sure that they are taking proper precautions. Remember, asbestos fibers can stick to clothing and other items, so you must make sure that you decontaminate yourself in an appropriate manner. Wearing rebreathers and protective clothing can help to reduce the risk that you have of breathing in these harmful fibers.

Source: MedlinePlus, "Asbestosis," accessed Sep. 01, 2017

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