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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

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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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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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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Asbestos - are there case where a person got sick or suffered ill effects shortly after exposure? I think im sick but all test neg.

Asbestos - are there case where a person got sick or suffered ill effects shortly after exposure?  I think im sick but all test neg.

Not usually: Asbestos is group of minerals with thin microscopic fibers.Asbestosis, inflammatory condition of lungs, that can cause shortness of breath, coughing, and eventually scarring of the lungs that makes it hard to breathe.In general asbestos is not considered to be acutely toxic. ...Read more

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I was having lunch in a garden that had sheets of asbestos under the decking, is there a risk of exposure as asbestos may have been crumbling as old?

I was having lunch in a garden that had sheets of asbestos under the decking, is there a risk of  exposure as asbestos may have been crumbling as old?

It is a risk: Any exposure to asbestos is considered unsafe, as cases have demonstrated that even indirect exposure(as in from asbestos dust off someone else clothes can increase your risk of mesothioloma - one of the cancers associated with asbestos). At this point, I would just try to avoid further exposure and make sure you alert however owns that deck about the concerning hazard and your doctor about this ...Read more

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What are symptoms of asbestos exposure?

What are symptoms of asbestos exposure?

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 are the symptoms of asbestos exposure?

What are the symptoms of asbestos exposure?

None.: There are no immediate symptoms of asbestos exposure unless the exposure was so overwhelming as to cause irritation to the air passages but this is an irritant effect from the physical "dust" and could include cough and phlegm production. The serious symptoms and signs of asbestos exposure occur years after exposure, at least 15 years later. Shortness of breath is the classic symptom. ...Read more

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How much asbestos exposure will make you sick?

How much asbestos exposure will make you sick?

Depends upon type: Asbestos is a long term problem when absorbed into the lung and body as airborne particulates. Asbestos in solid form is not harmful and is best left alone or painted over. It takes lengthy exposure to get the problems of mesothelioma and lung cancer and it depends upon the type of asbestos as well. If you have to deal with asbestos, wear protective gear. ...Read more