Type of Asbestos Lung Disease You Should Know
Asbestos lung disease or also known as asbestosis is a chronic lung condition caused by the exposure of asbestos. In this case, the small parts of asbestos such as fiber have been on the lung for a few years. Without proper medical treatment it triggers health problems including lung cancer. Actually, there are several asbestos lung diseases you need to know.
Pleural disease happens when the membrane covering your lung or pleura. It will be danger if the membrane becomes thicker because it triggers serious health side effects. The most common side effect and symptom of pleural disease caused by asbestos is shortness of breath. Mostly, it is followed by chest discomfort or chest pain. Sometimes, people don’t really realize that they are suffered from pleural disease because it happens after a few years. Most of patients have long health history of asbestos lung disease before diagnosed as pleural disease sufferer.
Pleural disease is not the only lung disease caused by asbestos. Moreover, there is also a common asbestos lungs disease known as mesothelioma disease. This disease is considered as cancer. Without any medication treatments, the cancer will affect the membrane of lung. It is not only affecting the membrane of lung but the cancer also attack heart and gut. The symptoms are similar to pleural disease. Those are including chest pain, breathing problem, fatigue, high temperature, persistent cough, and weight loss with uncertain cause, and many more.
Commonly, the doctor will ask you to do X-ray, CT scan, fluid drainage, or laparoscopy to make sure whether you are suffered from mesothelioma disease or not. These tests are also important to make sure how far the mesothelioma disease attacked you and the spreading especially if you are detected as mesothelioma sufferer. The further medication treatment is various and it depends on your condition. There is a possibility that you should take chemotherapy, radiotherapy, or surgery. Fluid drainage and strong medicines are also useful to reduce the pain caused by this disease.
Lung Cancer Disease
In the next phase, you also need to face lung cancer disease. It is also possible when your lung become worse because of the impact of asbestos. Mostly, it is started with a persistent cough. After a few times, you are suffered coughing up blood. Don’t underestimate if you are suffered of short breath or difficult to breath especially in long period of time. It might be the symptom of lung cancer disease. Just check your health right away if you feel tired all the time along with unexplained weight loss. Sometimes, the cough and the breath are followed by specific pain. The treatment is also varying and it depends on the condition of the cancer. You may take surgery but in some cases, you have to take radiotherapy or chemotherapy.
Hopefully, this information helps you to know about the dangers of asbestos. It is better to protect yourself properly such as wearing mask while working close to asbestos products. Try not to absorb or inhale asbestos because it is very dangerous for you. At least, you can prevent yourself from asbestos lung disease above.