Asbestos is the term coined for a medical condition that affects the tissue of the lungs due to an inhalation of asbestos or, exposure to asbestos fibers. Asbestosis is usually the result of long term exposure to asbestos and therefore the disease is very common in those working in certain industries. It is largely considered to be an occupational lung disease for this reason. People working in the mining industry, manufacturing industry and construction industry are said to be the most at risk from asbestosis. One common symptom of asbestosis is shortness of breath. Sufferers are at a heightened risk of developing additional lung complaints and illnesses such as lung cancer and mesothemioma.
At the moment there is no known cure for Asbestosis but oxygen therapy is something often suggested to sufferers to help relieve the shortness of breath. Some other treatments include respiratory physiotherapy which aims to remove the build up of secreations from the lungs and also stimulate drainage. Another option is Nebulizer’s which are also prescribed with the aim of loosening secreations.
Sufferers are also regularly offered immunizations against pneumonia and seasonal influenza as contracting either of these can make Asbestos symptoms much worse. It is also advised that if sufferers smoke they should give up immediately due to the increased risk of lung disease.
Sufferers are urged to visit their doctors for regular screenings and x-rays due to the increased risk of developing problems. It is also a good idea to report your condition to the local health authority so that they can investigate the cause if necessary. Compensation claims are another option open to asbestosis sufferers.
The many legal cases began to be filed first in 1929. Since 1929 there have been many former employees claiming damages from their past employers, particularly if they were employed by an asbestos manufacturer. It has been suggested that mesthelioma was known about prior to 1929. The claims have seen millions of pounds being paid out to sufferers who have become ill due to negligence of former employers.