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Asbestosis

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The Manual's Editorial Staff

Last full review/revision Mar 2021| Content last modified Mar 2021
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What is asbestosis?

Asbestos is a mineral fiber used in construction materials. "-Osis" means a disease or condition.

Asbestosis is scarring of your lungs caused by breathing in asbestos dust.

What causes asbestosis?

Breathing in asbestos dust causes asbestosis. When inhaled, the asbestos dust sits deep in your lungs and causes scars.

The more you come in contact with asbestos, the more likely you’ll get asbestosis. If you aren’t in contact with asbestos at your job, you have a very low chance of getting asbestosis. People who work with asbestos a lot have the highest chance of asbestosis, for example, people who tear down buildings and miners who dig up minerals that contain asbestos.

What are the symptoms of asbestosis?

Symptoms appear slowly and only after large parts of your lungs have become scarred.

Early symptoms can include:

Later symptoms can include:

How can doctors tell if I have asbestosis?

How do doctors treat asbestosis?

There's no cure for asbestosis. Doctors treat symptoms with:

How can I prevent asbestosis?

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