Friday, March 12, 2010
More recently, stricter laws and guidelines regarding the use and removal of asbestos have been instigated but for millions of Americans already exposed to this potentially deadly mineral, the damage may have already been done.
The most common forms of asbestos disease include the following:
Asbestosis is caused by the inhalation of asbestos fibers. The fine asbestos fiber particles travel easily on the air and, when inhaled, can penetrate the body’s tissue not unlike fiber glass sticking your hand. In this case, the fibers enter the lungs causing irritation and inflammation. Over time, this can lead to the development of scar tissue in the small narrow spaces around the airways. The scar tissue can reduce the body’s ability to allow oxygen and carbon monoxide to travel properly through the lungs, thus breathing becomes more difficult. While asbestosis is not a form of cancer, it is a type of lung disease and is only associated with long-term exposure to asbestos.