What is Asbestosis?
Asbestosis disease is a serious lung inflammation caused by asbestos exposure that could lead to Mesothelioma.
Asbestosis is caused by inhalation of asbestos fibers. Asbestos fibers are microscopic and virtually indestructible. The asbestos fibers can easily flake off and are small enough to be completely inhaled deep into the lungs. When they are inhaled into the lung, the lung's defense cells try to destroy the asbestos fibers, but the body's defense mechanisms cannot break down asbestos. The result is that the asbestos fibers remain in the lungs and cause scarring and the inflammation continues for decades. This thickening and scarring prevents oxygen and carbon dioxide from traveling between the the tiny air sacs of the lungs and into the blood stream, so breathing becomes much less efficient. In people who develop Asbestosis, the inflammatory process continues to progress, fueled by the indestructible asbestos fibers even after the exposure to asbestos has ceased.
Asbestosis is a slowly progressing disease that will show no symptoms for 10 to 30 years. The early symptoms of Asbestosis typically include shortness of breath, coughing, a dry crackling sound while inhaling and chest pain.