Friday, October 24, 2008

Asbestosis Treatment

Asbestosis is a abiding and akin lung disease. It is acquired by assimilation of asbestos particles over abiding periods of time. Asbestosis takes about 15 to 20 years to appearance its effects.

Persons adversity from asbestosis are added decumbent to advance bronchitis and pneumonia.

Symptoms of Asbestosis may cover one or added of the following.
-- Conciseness of breath
-- Adversity in breathing
-- Connected dry cough
-- Connected affliction in the chest
-- Pulmonary hypertension
-- Excess phlegm

There is currently no absolute cure for asbestosis. Analysis of asbestosis begins with catastrophe acknowledgment to all sorts and forms of lung irritants. Acknowledgment to asbestos fibers accept to be chock-full immediately. Smokers diagnosed with asbestosis accept a college accident of developing lung blight and smoker accept to be chock-full immediately.

Treatments accessible to administer the affection of asbestosis cover vaccines and medication.

Persons diagnosed with asbestosis are vaccinated annually for flu and periodically as appropriate for pneumonia.

Asthmatic patients adversity from asbestosis are assigned medication to abate the affection of asthma. In added astringent cases antibiotics could be acclimated to amusement and cure lung infections.

It is actual important to advance apple-pie ambience and able hygiene if diagnosed with asbestosis. Any respiratory infection could advance to added austere complications due to the attendance of asbestosis.

Lung Blight Treatment

Lung blight due to asbestos occurs if the being has had a abiding asbestos exposure.Symptoms of lung blight may cover one or added of the following.

-- Dry, acid cough
-- Access in sputum production
-- Blood alloyed with sputum
-- Chest pain
-- Lung infection

The analysis of lung blight will depend aloft how abundant the blight has spread, the breadth and admeasurement of the tumor.

Treatment options could cover one or added of the following.

-- Radiotherapy
-- Chemotherapy
-- Photodynamic therapy
-- Surgery

Chemotherapy makes use of cytotoxic (anticancer) medication, and a array of drugs and chemicals that are meant to annihilate the blight cells.

Radiotherapy (radiation therapy) involves application a localized high-dose of radiation on annihilative tumors, antibacterial the blight beef in the targeted area.

Photodynamic analysis uses laser ablaze to abort the annihilative cells. A appropriate actinic is injected into the bloodstream and captivated by the annihilative cells. Laser ablaze is again acclimated to actuate the actinic and abort the annihilative cells. This analysis comes with a host of ancillary furnishings that cover abhorrence and vomiting. The derma and eyes get acutely acute to ablaze for about six weeks afterwards treatment.

Surgery will depend on the admeasurement the blight has spread. It could cover abatement of a baby allotment of the lung, abatement of an absolute affiliate of the lung, or in acute cases the abatement of an absolute lung. Healthy patients could balance to reasonable levels even afterwards an absolute lung is removed. Those who accept had a history of smoker may not balance as able-bodied and could ache from connected conciseness of breath.

Mesothelioma Treatment

Mesothelioma is a blight of the pleura (lung lining).

Mesothelioma takes about 30 to 40 years to advance and appearance its effects. It is one of the a lot of fatal, advancing and aching cancers, about consistently arch to death.

Symptoms of Mesothelioma may cover one or added of the following.
-- Conciseness of animation which keeps on accretion as the ache progresses
-- Acute adversity in breath due to lung compression acquired by the disease
-- Connected affliction in the chest which ranges from balmy to astringent pain
-- Unexplained abrupt belly abscess and pain
-- Unexplained weight loss

Treatments for Mesothelioma cover radiotherapy, chemotherapy, and surgery; the aforementioned analysis as that for lung cancer.

Surgery is usually appropriate in alleviative mesothelioma. This can cover abatement of a allotment of the lining of the chest and adulterated tissue about it. If detected as pleural cancer, a lung may be removed in an operation accepted as pneumonectomy. In attenuate cases a allotment of the beef beneath the lungs that aid in breath (diaphragm) could be removed.

If you apperceive that you accept been apparent to asbestos over abbreviate / continued periods of time in the past, go and get yourself diagnosed by a surgeon accounted in asbestos acknowledgment cases. If mesothelioma is detected early, analysis will be added able and access the adaptation rate. Mesothelioma patients usually reside 12 to 18 months afterwards backward diagnosis, but an aboriginal analysis can access the adaptation amount to 5 years or more.

Asbestos Exposure Treatment

Asbestos acknowledgment of alarming levels occurs if a being is consistently subjected to the assimilation of asbestos fibers over continued periods of time. In such cases, ache is abiding to occur, but could yield in amid 15 to 40 years to advance afterwards the aboriginal exposure.

Use of asbestos in a array of bolt including home and appointment insulation, in electric switchboards, beam and tiling, adhesive pipes etc. was accepted from the 1940s to the 80s. About anybody afflicted actively due to asbestos acknowledgment accept been afflicted during this period. Affection may not accept apparent up as yet, but could appearance up anytime now. Those at accident afterwards the 1980s are those who were / are complex in architecture renovation, address breaking, and dismantling annihilation that contains asbestos, and accept not followed able methods of accomplishing these tasks.

Diseases acquired by Asbestos Exposure

Following are the capital diseases acquired due to abiding asbestos exposure.

-- Asbestosis
-- Lung Cancer
-- Mesothelioma

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

What is asbestos?

“Asbestos” is the name given to a group of minerals that occur naturally as bundles of fibers which can be separated into thin threads. These fibers are not affected by heat or chemicals and do not conduct electricity. For these reasons, asbestos has been widely used in many industries. Four types of asbestos have been used commercially:

* Chrysotile, or white asbestos;
* Crocidolite, or blue asbestos;
* Amosite, which usually has brown fibers; and
* Anthophyllite, which usually has gray fibers.

Chrysotile asbestos, with its curly fibers, is in the serpentine family of minerals. The other types of asbestos, which all have rod-like fibers, are known as amphiboles.

Asbestos fiber masses tend to break easily into a dust composed of tiny particles that can float in the air and stick to clothes. The fibers may be easily inhaled or swallowed and can cause serious health problems.

Who is at risk?

Nearly everyone is exposed to asbestos at some time during their life. However, most people do not become ill from their exposure. People who become ill from asbestos are usually those who are exposed to it on a regular basis, most often in a job where they work directly with the material or through substantial environmental contact.

Asbestos Related Symptoms

The symptoms of asbestos-related diseases may not become apparent for many decades after exposure. If any of the following symptoms develop, a physical examination should be scheduled without delay:

* Shortness of breath;
* A cough or a change in cough pattern;
* Blood in the sputum ( fluid ) coughed up from the lungs;
* Pain in the chest or abdomen;
* Difficulty in swallowing or prolonged hoarseness; and/or
* Significant weight loss.

Asbestos – The silent killer

Asbestos is the single biggest work place killer today. People who have worked with the material are at serious risk from developing lung cancer, asbestosis and mesothelioma, fatal respiratory illnesses that debilitate their victims. Evidence of asbestos’ deadly effect on those who breathe its fibres is likely to multiply in the decades to come.

Asbestos was once heralded as the greatest building material available to those in the construction industries. Its high tensile strength, durability and flexibility, as well as heat insulation and fire retardant properties meant that it could save lives, make buildings strong and make industries rich. It was first used by the Greeks some 2000 years ago. They were aware of the health hazards it posed but believed that its magical ability to withstand fire far outweighed this danger.

The dangers to health were all but ‘forgotten’ until at the turn of the twentieth century when medical researchers noticed a large number of deaths and lung problems occurring in asbestos mining towns. In 1917 and 1918, several United States studies discovered that asbestos workers were dying unnaturally young.

Asbestosis was first diagnosed in a 33 year old woman in 1924, this lead to studies being carried out on asbestos workers in the UK. Examinations on the workers showed that thirty percent had asbestos-related lung disease. UK laws were introduced in 1931 to increase ventilation and to make asbestosis an identifiable work related illness.

Despite the established link between asbestos and lung diseases the industry continued to grow well into the last century. At the peak of its usage asbestos was produced in 24 countries worldwide; it was also manufactured in over 100. World production climaxed at over 5 million tonnes. The building, shipping, insulation and demolition companies whose workers came into contact with asbestos were often aware that their staff were at risk. They did not take sufficient steps to protect their workforce from personal injury.

Sadly the effects of asbestos take many years to manifest themselves. People who worked in the construction industries some 20 to 40 years ago may still be awaiting their fate. Asbestos causes several diseases, two of which occur only in those who have had contact with asbestos, asbestosis and mesothelioma. Lung cancer and emphysema are more commonly associated with smoking but frequently occur in non smokers with a history of asbestos contact.

It is thought that the worst is yet to come. The peak of asbestos usage was in the 60’s and 70’s so many people may develop lung diseases in the near future.

Due to the latency of asbestos diseases it is thought that we will be seeing many more incidences of mesothelioma in the next 25 years. Hugh Robertson, head of health and safety at the British TUC says: "A realistic estimate is that within the EU alone 500,000 will die in the next 35 years, half from mesothelioma and half from lung cancer. In Japan, an estimated 100,000 will die. If you add the Australian, Canadian and US figures then even a million is an under estimation – and that is only for the developed countries.”

People affected by asbestos are entitled to compensation from the companies who knowingly exposed them many years ago.

People affected by asbestos related illness should speak to a personal injury solicitor who has experience in asbestos cases.

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