Asbestos Types, Symptoms, Causes & Treatment


what is asbestos? Asbestos is the common name used for fibrous silicate minerals. These minerals are heat resistant, have superb tensile power and have great electrical resistance. Because of these properties asbestos is also used in electrical and thermal insulation and is also used in building materials.

There are numerous kinds of asbestos; the known ones are chrysotile, amosite, and crocidolite. There are two main sets of asbestos – the amphibole, contains blue (crocidolite) and brown (amosite) asbestos and serpentine, has white asbestos (chrysotile). All types of asbestos are categorized as human carcinogens (cancer) and exposure can be a source of asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. Few of these health problems are:

Asbestosis: It is a lung disease initially seen in naval shipyard employees. As asbestos fibers are inhaled, they might get trapped in the lung tissue. The body attempts to dissolve the fibers via creating an acid. This acid, because of the chemical resistance of the fiber, makes little to harm the fiber, but might scar the nearby tissue. Finally, this scarring might become so severe that the lungs might not work properly. The time that the disease is developed is often 25 to 40 years.

Mesothelioma: It is a cancer of external lining of the lung or the lining of the abdominal wall. This type of cancer is strange because the only identified reason is asbestos exposure. The time that this disease will take to develop fully is between 15 to 30 years.


Lung Cancer: This disease is also caused by asbestos. The causes of lung cancer are mostly increased because of smoking. Cancer of the gastrointestinal tract might also be due to asbestos. The time that this cancer will take to develop fully is between 15 to 30 years. 

Asbestos becomes a health risk when these fibers are floated in air and are then inhaled. Contact with asbestos fibers might lead to asbestosis lung cancer. The health risk enhanced when the fibers inhaled are increased. The disease linked with asbestos is characterized by long latency periods (time the disease will fully developed). It might take 40 years between first exposure and the beginning of the disease.
  
These diseases normally happen when people are ignorant about the risks of working with items having asbestos. It is necessary when dealing with asbestos there must be least amount of dust containing asbestos.

Asbestos Symptoms
This article is intended to promote a small awareness of the dangers, health risks and long terms illness caused by exposure to asbestos fibers and inhalation of ‘white dust’.
As yet there is no quick fix remedy to this exposure, but hopefully this article will enlighten, forewarn and inform readers of any action to take.

The prognosis of someone diagnosed with asbestos related illnesses such as pleural plaques, mesothelioma, asbestosis and asbestos related lung cancer is often quite bleak. This is why so many companies and solicitors are exerting their efforts on providing advice for asbestos claims. After disturbing asbestos it is vital that you seek medical attention immediately.

Too often it is too late and the unsuspecting person is vulnerable to future disease and an impeded life style. In cases of pleural plaques, asbestos dust and fibres are inadvertently inhaled. Over time this forms a coating on the lining of the lungs and slowly begins to erode and eat away at precious skin cells to eventually grow into malignant cancerous cells causing the symptoms and formation of the disease Pleural Plaques.The latency period of this hazardous contact and exposure to asbestos dust is a long time. Some cases are documented at ten years, others at thirty. So for some unsuspecting people it is hard to determine the exact time and cause of this horrific affliction.

Solicitors will advise you on what steps to take, and will help build your case by tracing your past actions, past living environments, work place surroundings, find existing or foregone evidence and perform all of the required levels of investigation to get down to the bottom of the initial cause. If it arises that the cause was down to negligence you could be eligible to decent compensation to help out with your family and work circumstances.

Often exposure to this raw mineral occurs when renovating.
Wall papers are stripped in bathrooms and kitchens and behind certain unearthed boxed in features lie asbestos slabs that are degraded and puff dust in to the air when disturbed.
If you suspect any form of asbestos in your household then seek a professional asbestos abatement company. 
These companies will ask you to evacuate your premises whilst performing asbestos removal. They will seal off the area with suitably fabricated industrial asbestos bags and remove the asbestos in asbestos sacks to a governing authoritative waste disposposal site designated to erradicate asbestos materials. They will perform this site clearance without any further spread of dust or contamination.

Even if you slightly suspect asbestos in your household call a professional. It is certainly not worth the health risks, poor lifestyle and horrific disease later on in life.
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