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Usually none: Most people with asbestos exposure have no symptoms. Asbestos can result in asbestosis of the lung which causes scarring of the lung resulting in decreased lung function, which often produces shortness of breath. It can also cause pleural effussions, lung cancer or mesothelioma. ...Read more
Scarring of the lung: Asbestos exposure can result in tiny asbestos fibers getting deposited in the lungs. This causes inflammation, and scarring. The lungs get stiff, harder to inflate and oxygen transfer from lung to blood is impaired. This is called asbestosis. It is often progressive.In addition the lining around the lungs can scar ( pleural plaques) and is a cause of cancer involving this lining (mesothelioma). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Little or none: Asbestos exposure has no specific immediate effects. Asbestosis is the disease some can get long after (usually decades) inhalation of asbestos dust. When associated with COPD it can cause chronic difficulty with breathing. Some of these people will develop a cancer any large exposure to any dust or inhaled particulate can cause immediate symptoms such as a pneumonitis or acute bronchitis. ...Read more
Asbestosis: Most common in miners of asbestos. Others: shipyard, foundry, and demolition workers, and old brakepad manufacturers. Asbestos insulated homes and offices are not a source of exposure unless you remodel/demolish without respiratory protection. This is now illegal so its unlikely, but you should check with osha representatives at work, and with your builder if you live in an "older" (~70s) homes. ...Read more
Simple Terms : In simple terms: A marathon runner should have normal spirometry, Someone with emphysema should have an obstructive spirometry pattern meaning they have trouble getting the air out when the exhale, And a person with asbestosis should have a restrictive spirometry pattern (meaning they have trouble filling their lungs and taking a breath in). ...Read more
Asbestos can cause mesothelioma and asbestosis, but how common are those diseases in those heavily exposed?
Asbestos: asbestosis is fairly common in people who have sufficient exposure. Mesothelioma is very rare and takes about 50 years from the exposure to the onset of the cancer. I average diagnosing about 1 lung cancer a week but only find mesothelioma about 1 case every 3 years or so to give you an idea. ...Read more
For people with emphysema, asbestosis, and a marathon runner. what do their spirographs look like compared to that of an average person?
Would a one time exposure to concrete dust under a minute cause any health problems like asbestosis or silicosis, how does body take care of tiny amt?
No, no problema: It takes chronic exposure over many years before any kind of dust can affect or damage the lungs. Our lungs, have a natural, good filtering(Nose) and cleaning system(mucosal Cilia) to protect themselves and can expel minimal exposure like you have mentioned. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Asbestosis: Not usually. Asbestos has been banned in commercial and residential building products however; there are some manufactured products that contain asbestos, or components, and those products must be labelled. In addition, some old buildings may still have asbestos insulation, etc. If you do not work directly with asbestos, such as in reclamation or manufacturing, your chances are quite low. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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