Asbestosis

By Dylan Kachel

Asbestosis is a lung disease marked by severe fibrosis and a high risk of mesothelioma

Asbestos refers to a set of six naturally occurring fibrous minerals. Asbestos has six main minerals they are chrysotile, crocidolite, amosite, anthophyllite, tremolite, and actinolite. Out of these six the most common are chrysotile and amosite.

Here are some of the symptoms below after the fibrous minerals have entered your lungs.


Symptoms

  • Swelling in the neck or face.
  • Difficulty swallowing.
  • High blood pressure.
  • Blood in sputum.
  • Crackling sound when breathing.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Hyper tension.
  • Finger deformity


This disease is spreaded by asbestos in older products such as stove top pads might have some asbestos compounds. Walls and floors around woodturning stoves may be protected with asbestos paper, millboard, or cement sheets. Asbestos is found in some vinyl floor tiles and the backing on vinyl sheet flooring and adhesives. Its a mineral that gets in your lungs and makes a scare and then your body tries to heal the scare but it ends up gathering tissue or something and clogs your lungs up, So thats why it makes it hard to breathe.

The only way this can be treated is by getting a lung transplant, The lungs would come from a Donor or someone that is willing to donate there lungs after death. A way you can prevent this from happening is to make sure these fibrous minerals don't spread around these materials or buildings.

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Heres a picture of Healthy lungs and Lungs that have been attacked by asbestos