Asbestosis

Monday, November 21, 2011

Asbestos was a material used extensively in building and manufacturing in the past. Inhaling high levels of asbestos fibers can scar lung tissue and decrease breathing capacity, a condition known as asbestosis. Dr. Edward Hill discusses this condition in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Asbestosis is a breathing disorder caused by inhaling asbestos fibers. Prolonged accumulation of these fibers in your lungs can lead to scarring of lung tissue and diminished breathing capacity.

Signs and symptoms of asbestosis usually dont appear until years after exposure. But once apparent, the condition often worsens and can lead to disability and even death.

Experts estimate that since the 1940s up to 10 million people have been exposed to asbestos. The good news is that most people with a history of asbestos exposure dont develop asbestosis, and the risk of asbestosis diminishes every day away from exposure.

Some of the signs and symptoms of asbestosis include:

Shortness of breath, initially only with exertion, but eventually even while resting

Decreased tolerance for physical activity

Coughing, and

Chest pain

If you have a history of asbestos exposure, you should be wary of these symptoms and have regular examinations by your physician.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.