“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.

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Asbestos Symptoms

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Signs and symptoms
... The effects of long-term exposure to asbestos typically don''t show up for 20 to 30 years after initial exposure. Signs and symptoms develop when damage and scarring caused by the asbestos fibers lead...
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Causes
... When you inhale, air travels through your nose or mouth, down your throat, through your larynx to your trachea — air''s main passageway to your lungs. Your trachea splits into two branches calle...
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Asbestos Prevention

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Prevention
... Reducing the level of exposure to asbestos is the best prevention against asbestosis. In the United States, by law, a worker''s exposure to asbestos may not exceed 0.1 fiber per cubic centimeter of ai...
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Asbestos Treatment

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Complications
... The severity of asbestosis is generally related to the amount and duration of exposure to asbestos. Effects of the disease may be so mild as to cause almost no symptoms. Or the condition may create su...
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Treatment
... There''s no treatment to reverse the effects of asbestos on the alveoli. Treatment is aimed at preventing progression of the disease and relieving symptoms. The most important factor in keeping the co...
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Asbestos Other

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Overview
... Asbestosis is a breathing disorder caused by inhaling high levels of asbestos fibers. Prolonged accumulation of these fibers in your lungs can lead to scarring of lung tissue and diminished breathing ...
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Asbestos Articles

  • Asbestos Exposure: Questions and Answers
    ... Key Points “Asbestos” is the name given to a group of minerals that occur naturally as bundles of fibers (see Question 1). Exposure to asbestos may increase the risk of asbestosis, lung cancer, mesoth...
  • Mesothelioma: Questions and Answers
    ... Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer in which malignant (cancerous) cells are found in the mesothelium, a protective sac that covers most of the body's internal organs. Most people who develop me...