U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
Albania
A 23-year-old male asked:

i've been living in a house that has damaged walls that might contain asbestos, found a puddle of dust on the floor under wall, is this dangerous?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Yes, if asbestos: It would be prudent to get the material in the walls tested for asbestos. Inhaling asbestos fibers is not good for the lungs. It is not feasible to know without getting the material tested.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
$30 per visit with
membership

Similar questions

CA
A 38-year-old member asked:

If I was vacuuming chipped asbestos and my shop vacuum started blowing it into the air. Could I get sick?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Yes: You should always wear a respirator and protective clothing when handling asbestos. Additionally, the air when handling asbestos should be adequately filtered. Any aerosolization of asbestos particles can find their way into your lungs exposing them to asbestos fibers. That doesn't mean it will definitely lead to asbestosis, mesothelioma, or other lung cancers one day but why take the risk?
A 23-year-old member asked:

What do asbestos look like exactly?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine 60 years experience
Small fibers: Small fibers. Asbestos used to be recognized as an ingredient in things like brake linings, wraping for heating and air cond. Pipes in the home and was in many home products. Usually you don't see the dangerous asbestos fibers that cause disease. Asbestos has now been banished from home and products that could expose one to the fibers.
A 30-year-old member asked:

What exactly are the dangers of contact with asbestos?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine 60 years experience
Asbestos danger: The major danger is inhaling small fibers of asbetos which can be trapped in the lung tissue and cause severe disease such as cancer of the lung.
CA
A 24-year-old member asked:

Where exactly do asbestos come from?

2 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Miller
Dr. David Milleranswered
Family Medicine 10 years experience
It is mined: Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that is mined, much like gold, copper and coal. It is composed largely of silicon and has been used for everything from insulation to fire-proofing. When the fibers are inhaled, they can cause significant lung damage and disease. It has been largely banned from building materials in the us. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/asbestos.
CA
A 24-year-old member asked:

What should I do when in your place of work there are asbestos insulation pipes exposed and deteriorated?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Report: Report this to your immediate supervisor, if not action, report this to that person's supervisor and if not action, report it up the chain of command until there are no others. Report this to the hr person as well. Document all the reports, take pictures and then if no action, notify your local epa authority. We all work around asbestos, still, but if at risk, report and protect.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
$30 per visit with
membership
Last updated Mar 25, 2015

People also asked

Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
$30 per visit with
membership

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.