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Dr. Beatrice Taylor
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Asbestos (Definition)

Asbestos is a silicate mineral that was used extensively in construction as insulation for buildings. It was later found to cause lung disease in humans, and is no longer used in construction. However, the demolition of old building continues to put some people at risk of ...Read more


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Could one develop asthma from asbestos xposure?

Could one develop asthma from asbestos xposure?

Asbestosis: Is a scarring if the lungs due to chronic inhalation of asbestos fibers. Most common diagnosis is a restrictive lung disease with a diffuse interstitial fibrosis at the chest x ray with changes in vital capacity but normal or low normal fev1/fvc ratio. Asthma is no associated with the disease but if the patient smoke a degree of reactive airway disease can be present. Also ass. With mesothelioma. ...Read more

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Will being exposed to asbestos a few times from remodeling a house cause me to get some sort of cancer? I've read that even one exposure is bad.

Will being exposed to asbestos a few times from remodeling a house cause me to get some sort of cancer? I've read that even one exposure is bad.

Cancer risk: Asbestos is only one factor that may lead to lung damage and possibly cancer. The body can't eliminate the fibers, so the risk persists a long time, but if you don't smoke or do other things that elevate risk, it is far from certain that cancer will ever develop. ...Read more

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If a chip from my popcorn wall is broken off does that create constant asbestos exposure or just a quick one time release of asbestos fibers?

If a chip from my popcorn wall is broken off does that create constant asbestos exposure or just a quick one time release of asbestos fibers?

Test for asbestos: Take a tiny sample and test it in a certified lab or use a home kit. If positive for asbestos consider having ceiling removed by asbestos professional. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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I was exposed to potentially severe levels of brown asbestos, several times age 18, for less than 2 hours combined. Am I going to get sick and die?

I was exposed to potentially severe levels of brown asbestos, several times age 18, for less than 2 hours combined. Am I going to get sick and die?

No.: There are much riskier things out there to worry about. If sounds like you didn't have prolonged exposure, but you can minimize future risk of lung problems by not smoking, eating healthy and staying fit. ...Read more

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Can you get mesothelioma from being exposed to asbestos for a few hours?

Unusual: Conceivably in 20 years or so
it is not an acute problem.
And it usually takes lots of exposure over a longer time to actually cause mesothelioma. ...Read more

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Can working around airborne asbestos for a total o 6 hours be enough to cause asbestos or mesothelioma? I was 24 now in 37

Unlikely: Prolonged exposure was the usual in the mines or navy.
Report the exposure to your doc when you get your xrays. ...Read more

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Exposed to asbestos in old house. I was in there for 2-3 hours with no respirator, it was closed down because of asbestos problem. Will this have a negative effect on me?

Unlikely: A very short term exposure like that is very unlikely to cause any problems. You need longer exposure over time or a massive one time exposure for damage to occur. Glad you got out of there! ...Read more

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Can you help? Is 1 asbestos fibre enough to kill you?

Can you help? Is 1 asbestos fibre enough to kill you?

No: The "zero tolerance" policy for asbestos fibers in the 1990's was politics, not science; after 9/11, tons of asbestos were released into the air and if the danger was what some militants had claimed, millions of people would have had to be evacuated. Even people who are heavily exposed usually don't die of it. I trust you see through the militant / scare story stuff but it's still good to avoid. ...Read more

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Help! Is 1 asbestos fibre enough to harm you in any way?

Help! Is 1 asbestos fibre enough to harm you in any way?

No: The damage from asbestos comes from exposure to a lot of fibers. When there is a large exposure, either all at once or slowly over years, then the body's immune system is overstimulated. The fibers can't be cleared so they stay in the lungs and cause chronic irritation. Over time that causes damage that can lead to fibrosis that impairs breathing or, rarely, even cancer. ...Read more

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My 3 and 1 year old might have been exposed to asbestos during a home renovation that lasted 3 months how worried should I be?

My 3 and 1 year old might have been exposed to asbestos during a home renovation that lasted 3 months how worried should I be?

Hard to say: Many municipalities require contractors check for asbestos before permits are issued. If DIY this might be hard to find out. While toxic, asbestos dust can/would take decades to trigger any health problems & there would not be any simple way to examine the kids now & see if they were exposed. Checking other sites in the house or left over debris might give you some info. ...Read more

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What is asbestos?

What is asbestos?

Asbestos: Is a mineral fiber that has been used commonly in building construction materials for insulation and as a fire-retardant. Because of its fiber strength and heat resistant properties, asbestos has been used for a wide range of manufactured goods, mostly in building materials. ...Read more

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How bad is asbestos?

How bad is asbestos?

Leave it be: If there's asbestos in your home or school, don't stir it up and it won't hurt you. Inhaled at work, it is extremely dangerous, causing lung fibrosis, classic lung cancer, and mesothelioma. Tiny exposures won't hurt you, but the massive amounts that rotten corporations forced ordinary people to inhale in the past are now killing them. ...Read more

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Why is asbestos so bad?

Why is asbestos so bad?

Mesothelioma/lung ca: It causes malignant mesothelioma and lung cancer. ...Read more

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Is asbestos really bad?

Is asbestos really bad?

Yes: In the old days, companies allowed workers to inhale a lot of the stuff and there's no question these caused fibrosis of the lungs ("asbestosis"), mesothelioma, and common lung cancer. The 1980s hoopla over asbestos in buildings where it's not being inhaled was driven by big-money and politics as even the epa eventually recognized. Avoid inhaling the stuff and you should be fine. ...Read more

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How harmful is asbestos?

How harmful is asbestos?

Depends on the type.: The are various types of asbestos, depending on the chemical makeup and fiber size/shape. Some types seem to be more harmful than others, but all types should be considered harmful and carcinogenic. Asbestos can cause serious lung disease (asbestosis) or deadly cancer of the lung or abdomen (mesothelioma). Smoking combined with asbestos exposure greatly raises the lung cancer risk. ...Read more

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What exactly is 'asbestos'?

What exactly is 'asbestos'?

Natural rocks: Asbestos is a type of soft rock. There are many types of naturally occurring asbestos, and they are used in many commercial applications. Unfortunately, fibers of asbestos can get into our lungs and digestive tract and cause problems. You can learn more here- http://www. Atsdr. Cdc. Gov/toxprofiles/tp. Asp? Id=30&tid=4 ...Read more

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Can you tell me about asbestos?

Can you tell me about asbestos?

Dangerous insulation: This is a naturally-occurring mineral that is a great insulator. Everyone's lungs contain a few particles, but if they are inhaled in large quantities even for a short time, it creates a lifetime risk for lung fibrosis and some cancers. Left alone or simply touched, it presents no danger. ...Read more

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What do asbestos look like exactly?

What do asbestos look like exactly?

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. ...Read more

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Where exactly do asbestos come from?

Where exactly do asbestos come from?

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. ...Read more

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1977 apartment, will it have asbestos?

Possibly: Asbestos is not a problem as long as it is covered (like painted over) and is not airborne. Only if you have some work done with breaking loose insulated panels will you have any exposure and that only if it is airborne as dust that you inhale, . There is no risk in fabricated panels. ...Read more

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How can I protect myself from asbestos?

How can I protect myself from asbestos?

Avoid exposure.: Asbestos is only dangerous if it is released into the environment, such that it is inhaled, ingested, or gets on or into the body. Asbestos that is bound up inside another substance only becomes hazardous when that substance is disturbed. Some asbestos occurs naturally outdoors. Fibers are too small to be seen in the air and dust masks don't protect--leave removal to professionals. Don't smoke. ...Read more

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What happens with exposure to asbestos?

What happens with exposure to asbestos?

Typically none: There usually are no symptoms from asbestos exposure until long after permanent damage is done. The small asbestos fibers get lodged in the lung tissues and over time they cause damage that leads to breathing problems. Before there are any symptoms changes can be seen on chest xrays. So it is important to be evaluated by a doctor familiar with this condition (pulmonogist or occupational doctor). ...Read more

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What does minor exposure to asbestos mean?

What does minor exposure to asbestos mean?

No good definition.: There's no quantifiable definition for a "minor exposure" to asbestos. I'd take it to mean contact with clothing, hair or skin of another person that has come into contact with asbestos. Traditionally, the spouses and children of those who've had asbestos exposure and contact through their clothes, we say have had minor (but still significant) exposure. ...Read more

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What will help remove asbestos from my home?

Asbestos removal: You will need to hire a certified team to remove any asbestos. First have it tested to make sure it's really asbestos. Asbestos is most dangerous when removing and it is airborne. ...Read more

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Help with asbestos exposal? What should I do?

Depends: If the exposure is airborne particles over an extended period of time, then you need to see your pulmonologist. If the exposure is just being in an environment with asbestos panels or other sources of contained asbestos, then don't worry. Asbestos is only a problem if inhaled as dust. The concern about asbestos is highly over-rated and is a lawyers dream. ...Read more

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Help please? What is the worst type of asbestos?

Help please? What is the worst type of asbestos?

Crocidolite: Crocidolite- This form of asbestos was used less commonly than other types of asbestos because it isn’t as resistant to heat. Commonly called blue asbestos, crocidolite’s fibers are extremely thin and can thus penetrate human tissues easily. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have I been exposed to asbestos?

How to tell if I have I been exposed to asbestos?

testing work area: There are no easy diagnostic tests. After significant exposures over time there can be changes in the lungs seen on xrays. The only way to know for sure is to test materials that were worked with or have air sampling done in the exposure area. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have been exsposed to asbestos?

How can I tell if I have been exsposed to asbestos?

Environ testing: Environmental testing is done to establish the presence of asbestos fibers in the air. This document explains things: https://www. Osha. Gov/Publications/OSHA3507.pdf ...Read more

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What can I do if I suspect an elevated asbestos risk?

Proper protection: First have a qualified professional test the area to find out how much asbestos there is in the materials and also how much is getting into the air. If a hazard is identified then the right thing to do is to have a remediation (removal) done by a certified asbestos removal company. ...Read more

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What exactly are the dangers of contact with asbestos?

What exactly are the dangers of contact with asbestos?

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. ...Read more

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Exposed for asbestos for a while, should I be concerned?

Exposed for asbestos for a while, should I be concerned?

Yes: Find out what your actual exposure was, whether there is someone who might be liable if you get sick (if you're in a country with a lot of lawyers), and whether you are a candidate for lung imaging to detect early cancers. And your exposure needs to be real -- you actually know you were inhaling the stuff, not just near some tucked away in an attic. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me if I will die from exposure to asbestos?

Unlikely: Absestos causes its effects from years of exposure to airborn asbestos particles. The anti-asbestos bunch, led by a herd of attorneys, have convinced the public of the notion that if you look hard at asbestos you will somehow have a health problem. This is way overblown, and unless you are in this industry, you almost certainly will be fine. ...Read more

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Should I be worried about exposure to asbestos while I'm at work?

Should I be worried about exposure to asbestos while I'm at work?

Asbestos: Yes. See your health officals at work to ask if you have exposure to asbestos or any other dangerous environmental toxins. ...Read more

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What to do if I broke a single asbestos floor tile, should I be concerned?

What to do if I broke a single asbestos floor tile, should I be concerned?

No: The idea that "even one asbestos fiber is intolerable" from the 1990's was politics rather than science. We all need to get used to living in a world in which intimitesimal risks can't be eliminated. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more