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Does that popcorn ceiling contain asbestos and will it be bad for my baby?

Does that popcorn ceiling contain asbestos and will it be bad for my baby?

Maybe: Some popcorn ceilings that were applied before the 1977 ban do contain asbestos. Asbestos is typically only harmful if the material is allowed to release into the air - such as during removal processes. Because it is potentially harmful if inhaled you should contact a local home inspector for information on how to address the situation and if your particular situation poses a risk. ...Read more

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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Does that popcorn ceiling in out 1960's or 1970's house contain asbestos, and would it be bad for my baby?

Does that popcorn ceiling in out 1960's or 1970's house contain asbestos, and would it be bad for my baby?

Yes! Get it removed!: Asbestos, I'm afraid, was commonly used in those ceilings. To be sure, you can send a sample to a testing company (it costs about $100 to test a whole house). If it's there, get the ceiling removed professionally, don't do it yourself! Scraping that junk off stirs up lots of dust and you could breathe it in. If your ceiling tests asbestos-free, it's safe. ...Read more

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I have a cracked popcorn ceiling in my room. If it contains asbestos Is this dangerous? Or would the asbestos level be too low to cause serious harm?

I have a cracked popcorn ceiling in my room. If it contains asbestos Is this dangerous? Or would the asbestos level be too low to cause serious harm?

Have it tested: To determine whether your ceiling contains asbestos, scrape a small sample from the corner of your ceiling and send it to an accredited lab for asbestos testing or pick up a home test kit. If it does contain asbestos, it is safest to have it removed by a professional. Best not to take chances with asbestos. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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Who do I contact to determine if my popcorn ceilings have asbestos?

Nobody: It is only dangerous if you stir it up. If someone has to know for some reason, call City Hall, they can give you a name. ...Read more

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Do people get asbestos related disease from asbestos in the home? Like popcorn ceilings. Or do only workers exposed to extremely high amounts get sick?

Do people get asbestos related disease from asbestos in the home? Like popcorn ceilings. Or do only workers exposed to extremely high amounts get sick?

Asbestos disease: The popcorn ceilings are not asbestos. Asbestos was used for insulation, mostly in factories and ships. Pts that end up with diseases related to exposure have worked very closely with it. Most have also smoked so the lung cancer could be from the TOB as well. Mesothelioma is directly linked to asbestos...sometimes you can even find the fibers in the cancer specimen. ...Read more

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I walked by a broken piece of popcorn ceiling. If I breathe near it or touch it could I be affected by asbestos?!? So scared I was too close...

I walked by a broken piece of popcorn ceiling. If I breathe near it or touch it could I be affected by asbestos?!? So scared I was too close...

Stop worrying: You're not going to get asbestos on board from walking by asbestos that's not being actively tossed into the atmosphere. These old ceilings, even those that actually contain asbsetos, don't release the stuff. Despite all the silly, political stuff especially from the 1980's, they post no danger. Even if you're around one when it breaks, the exposure is trivial. ...Read more

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Are all homes built before 1975 inspected for asbestos upon purchase? This is what my dad says when I mention our cracked popcorn ceiling. I'm nervous

Are all homes built before 1975 inspected for asbestos upon purchase? This is what my dad says when I mention our cracked popcorn ceiling. I'm nervous

Possibly tested: Asbestos was banned in 1977. Usually when a house built before that year is purchased the owner is made aware of any asbestos that is present. Not all popcorn ceilings contain asbestos. You can have it tested if you are concerned. You can also have it removed or painted over. Painting over it will decrease some of the dust from it. ...Read more

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We have popcorn ceilings all in our house and I have lived here my entire life 25 years! Am I gonna get a lung disease from potential asbestos?

We have popcorn ceilings all in our house and I have lived here my entire life 25 years! Am I gonna get a lung disease from potential asbestos?

Unlikely: Do you know if there is asbestos in the popcorn ceiling? There may not be any. Even if there is asbestos, it is not harmful unless it gets airborne. If the ceiling not flaking, you are not getting exposed to asbestos.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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My house was built in 1957 and has the white ceiling tiles that I fear may contain asbestos, Anything I can do to stay healthy?

My house was built in 1957 and has the white ceiling tiles that I fear may contain asbestos, Anything I can do to stay healthy?

Leave them alone: Asbestos building materials are not a risk to health as long as they are intact and not disturbed. It is reasonable to assume that acoustic tiles from the 1950's contain asbestos. When you are ready to remove them you should contact a professional company that does asbestos remediation. ...Read more

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My dad recently told me he removed old ceiling tiles in our basement when we were young, which may have contained asbestos. Should I be worried now?

My dad recently told me he removed old ceiling tiles in our basement when we were young, which may have contained asbestos. Should I be worried now?

No: Everybody has been exposed to the stuff. It's in the natural world. People who are actually sick from it have been heavily exposed in industry. The zero tolerance stuff was stupid and is political. I am sorry you were troubled. ...Read more

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30 years ago when I was 2, my dad took down our acoustic ceiling which probably had asbestos in it. Said it tore some but came off easily. Worried sick?

30 years ago when I was 2, my dad took down our acoustic ceiling which probably had asbestos in it. Said it tore some but came off easily. Worried sick?

Stop worrying: Everybody gets some asbestos exposure during their life. Folks who get chronic respiratory disease or cancer from it have heavy industrial exposure. "Zero-tolerance policies" are about politics (and dirty, at that) rather than science. There's no future in fretting about and avoiding trivial hazards. Embrace life, despite the risks, and may you find happiness. ...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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Is it safe to work in a very old building that may have asbestos substances in the framework, (walls, ceilings)? Risk of illness from air? Office work.

Is it safe to work in a very old building that may have asbestos substances in the framework, (walls, ceilings)? Risk of illness from air? Office work.

Generally Safe: If the structures with asbestos are not disturbed, there is very little risk of persons working in the building getting exposed to asbestos. Usually the asbestos containing pipes etc are covered with other materials and do not pose a risk. If you still have concern, you could ask your office to do sample of the air for asbestos. Your city health department and OSHA can help. ...Read more

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Asbestos in the ceiling: am I in danger? Before I moved in to my apartment, there was a small asbestos problem. My landlord told me the asbestors was found in the ceiling, texture, but was painted over and should not cause any harm unless I drill holes.

Asbestos in the ceiling: am I in danger? Before I moved in to my apartment, there was a small asbestos problem. My landlord told me the asbestors was found in the ceiling, texture, but was painted over and should not cause any harm unless I drill holes.

No: "i'm a doctor, not a lawyer." however, it's my opinion that you are safe as long as the asbestos isn't stirred up. The increased cancer risk, mesotheliomas, and serious lung disease happened only in folks who at some point in their lives obviously were inhaling the stuff. ...Read more

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At desk at work and work in ceiling was being done. Dust was in air and exposed for that day. Not sure if asbestos, etc? Risk of lung cancer from this?

At desk at work and work in ceiling was being done. Dust was in air and exposed for that day. Not sure if asbestos, etc? Risk of lung cancer from this?

No not at all!: Asbestos can contribute a small risk to developing Cancer but the amount of exposure has to be life long before you can think about that complication. A few days of dust exposure to you would not have any such risk. So you can relax and not worry about this problem. Go for a daily walk if you want to keep your body healthy and free of diseases. ...Read more

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Would a ceiling fan be too much air for infant?

Would a ceiling fan be too much air for infant?

Infant Rooms: A ceiling fan is fine to use near an infant. In fact, the use of a ceiling fan actually decreases the chances of sids (probably by preventing babies from rebreathing exhaled air). ...Read more

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Can strong ceiling lights cause cataract to an infant if her eyes were exposed to such strong lights excessively for 2 years? When my daughter was two, her pediatric noticed she had a cataract in the left eye. Further exam at the ophthalmologist confirmed

Can strong ceiling lights cause cataract to an infant if her eyes were exposed to such strong lights excessively for 2 years? When my daughter was two, her pediatric noticed she had a cataract in the left eye. Further exam at the ophthalmologist confirmed

No: Light has been shown to be toxic to the retina in premise. Uv lights can cause cataracts but seen with years of exposure.
Your child probably has a posterior polar cataract. These types of cataract usually don't affect the vision significantly. ...Read more

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Is it bad to use a ceiling fan in room with a 5 week old? Can it cause colic or anything else harmful to baby?

Perfectly fine!: Gentle air currents provided by a ceiling fan are in no way harmful to a newborn. It actually is likely to be helpful in stabilizing room temperature. ...Read more

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Knocked plaster wall down that resulted in lots of dust. Asthma was bad. Then I looked up and saw plaster can contain asbestos - turns out ours did - chrysotile. I was here with my kids and I cleaned up dust! Had air quality done since all fine. Ok??

Knocked plaster wall down that resulted in lots of dust. Asthma was bad. Then I looked up and saw plaster can contain asbestos - turns out ours did - chrysotile. I was here with my kids and I cleaned up dust! Had air quality done since all fine. Ok??

Probably: The issue becomes will this exposure EVER trigger changes in your lungs that cause mesothelioma, the cancer associated with asbestos. That is hard to predict but it could motivate you to have a regular checkup and chest x-ray in years to come. This process if it occurs can take decades. You may want to discuss it at length with your physician at your next visit but wouldn't go now unless needed. ...Read more

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My dad did renos in our home in the 80's. how concerned should I be of asbestos exposure? I was only a child at the time. Home was built in 1958.

My dad did renos in our home in the 80's. how concerned should I be of asbestos exposure? I was only a child at the time. Home was built in 1958.

Depends: If the home was first renovated in the 80s after being built in the 50's there is a good chance that asbestos was present and possibly released during renovation. There may be records of the building materials used when the home was built and the details of the renovation-check to see if these are available at the local city hall archives. ...Read more

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Is popcorn bad for acid reflux?

Is popcorn bad for acid reflux?

Only when greasy: It would be the fat in popcorn which worsens reflux and not the popcorn per se unless you are eating buckets of them at a time. Smaller meals usually work better. ...Read more

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Is popcorn bad for the digestive system?

Is popcorn bad for the digestive system?

Sometimes: Diverticulosis/ diverticulitis may be exacerbated by popcorn, although there is much argument about whether this is really true. The butter added is much worse for you, but there is nothing intrinsically bad about popcorn, but as in everything, moderation is appropriate. ...Read more

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How do I know if my old blanket (from 20 years) contains asbestos?

How do I know if my old blanket (from 20 years) contains asbestos?

It does not: Your blanket may seem old to you, but blankets from 20-years ago do not have asbestos.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...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