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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

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 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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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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How long does asbestos stay airborne in a home from broken tiles? And are they only a danger to you if they were sanded?

How long does asbestos stay airborne in a home from broken tiles? And are they only a danger to you if they were sanded?

Asbestos: Hard to say. Asbestos doesn't break down. Inhaled sanded particles containing asbestos is worse however you can be exposed still by anything containing it. Best to have a specialist remove it all. Hope this helps ...Read more

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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?

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?

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. ...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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Does asbestos danger increase after a kidney transplant?

Does asbestos danger increase after a kidney transplant?

Unclear: Kidney transplant recipients are maintained on immunosuppressive therapy and are increased risk of infections and malignancies. Previous asbestos exposure increases the risk of lung cancer, specifically mesothelioma. It is unclear whether chronic immunosuppressive therapy increases this risk even more but does warrant close followup. ...Read more

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Covered broken asbestos tile with carpet but no loose pieces, is there still a danger?. i have air purifier with a true hepa filter on all the time.

Covered broken asbestos tile with carpet but no loose pieces, is there still a danger?. i have air purifier with a true hepa filter on all the time.

Unfortunately: asbestos fibers can permeate carpeting and would still pose a health risk. The risk is not close to that posed to industrial workers or those working with tile (eg sawing), but the long term risk posed to you is unknown since it is a carcinogen and many years will transpire before a malignancy develops. Recommend looking into the cost of removal and limit any carcinogen exposures (eg smoking) ...Read more