Asbestosis is a disease that develops from breathing in asbestos fibers. The fibers can cause scar tissue to form inside the lung (pulmonary fibrosis or pulmonary asbestosis), which does not expand and contract as well as normal lung tissue. Asbestosis is a chronic lung ailment.
Asbestos fibers are very small, so even family members of people who have worked in high-risk occupations, school children and people who live near asbestos mines can develop asbestosis. The disease can take years and even decades to develop and progresses slowly in general.
Symptoms and Effects of Asbestosis
As the disease progresses, breathing may become more and more difficult. Patients may experience:
- Shortness of breath
- Persistent cough expelling mucus
- Chest pain and restriction
- Loss of appetite
- Dry, crackling sounds in the lungs while inhaling
As the disease progresses, a person may require supplemental oxygen for daily activities.
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