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What are the differences between asbestosis and mesothelioma?

Going to work each day should not be dangerous unless you work in construction, as a firefighter, police officer or some other type of occupation with similar dangers. There are some industries where going to work can be dangerous simply because of the presence of asbestos, which can cause workers to suffer from asbestosis and mesothelioma. So, what are the differences between these two diseases?

When it comes to symptoms, both of these diseases share the same symptoms, which can take decades to appear in patients. These symptoms include shortness of breath, appetite loss, weight loss, clubbing and more.

When it comes to treatment, both of these diseases are treated quite differently due to one main factor: mesothelioma is a cancer and asbestosis is not. The long-term outlook for the diseases also vary because asbestosis patients can live for decades with the disease if treatment is administered properly.

The treatment methods used for asbestosis that are not used for mesothelioma include the following, all of which are to manage pain and slow the progression of the disease:

  • Medication for pain
  • Use of breathing tanks
  • Antibiotics
  • Pulmonary medication
  • Inhalers

Both asbestosis and mesothelioma can cause fluid to build in the lungs of patients. In order to remove fluid from the lungs, patients of both diseases can undergo a procedure called thoracentesis. This procedure is minimally invasive and it helps patients breathe better.

Are you suffering from an asbestos-related disease in New Orleans? Speaking with an experienced asbestos attorney can help you understand your disease, learn how to protect your rights and determine your best course of legal action.

Source: Mesothelioma Guide, "Mesothelioma vs. Asbestosis," accessed Oct. 19, 2017

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