What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a common name given to several naturally occurring silicate minerals: chrysotile, amosite, crocidolite, tremolite, anthophyllite, and actinolite. These minerals have the same asbestiform habit and appear in long thin fibrous crystals.
Asbestos fibers are strong and heat resistant, so they have been used in various products, including insulation, brake pads, and pipes. However, when someone inhales the fibers, they can cause serious health problems, including lung cancer and mesothelioma. Read on to learn what happens when asbestos gets inside the lungs.
What Happens When Asbestos Gets In the Lungs?
When inhaled, asbestos fibers can become lodged in the lungs. The body cannot break down or eliminate them, leading to inflammation and scarring of the lung tissue. In addition to mesothelioma and lung cancer, asbestos exposure is also linked to other health problems, such as asbestosis (a chronic lung disease) and pleural effusion (a fluid buildup around the lungs). If you've been exposed to asbestos, seeing a doctor and getting checked out is vital. There are treatments available that can help prevent or slow the progression of these diseases.
Additionally, if you experience any symptoms, such as shortness of breath, coughing, or chest pain, it is important to see a doctor right away.
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Can Medical Treatments Remove Asbestos From The Lungs
No medical treatment can remove asbestos fibers from the lungs once inhaled. The best way to prevent health problems from asbestos exposure is to avoid exposure. If you have been exposed to asbestos and are experiencing any symptoms, it is vital to seek medical care right away. There is no cure for diseases caused by asbestos exposure, however, speaking to your doctor can help you develop a medical care plan to help manage the disease.
Get Help Filing a Mesothelioma Lawsuit
Mesothelioma is a serious form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with this disease, you may be wondering if you are eligible to file a mesothelioma lawsuit. Know that you have the right to pursue compensation. When you need help with a mesothelioma claim, Robins Cloud LLP is here for you.
Our firm handles claims nationwide. Contact Robins Cloud LLP today at (888) 495-1250 for a free consultation with one of our mesothelioma claims lawyers.