Not every person exposed to asbestos ends up suffering from mesothelioma for which researchers continue to struggle to find a cure. Other conditions also related to the inhalation and ingestion of this toxic substance exist, and they end up changing the lives of those who suffer from them.
One of those conditions is asbestosis. This chronic condition also has no cure and affects your lungs. As the condition progresses, you cannot help but make changes to your life. You may need pulmonary rehabilitation, oxygen supplementation and perhaps hospitalization at the end.
Changes that may help manage your condition
In the meantime, you may find that the following lifestyle changes could help manage your symptoms and provide you a better quality of life despite it:
- Take several short rests during the day
- Drink at least six glasses of water each day
- Get quality sleep each night in an adequate amount
- Keep salt intake to a minimum
- Avoid overexerting yourself
- Eat plenty of vegetables and fruits as part of a balanced diet
- Workout as often as you can if your body can handle it
- Get outdoors for exercise if the weather allows
- Stay indoors if the pollen or air pollution is high
- Avoid the following pollutants because they can cause shortness of breath:
- Aerosol spray
- Second-hand smoke
- Product vapors such as paint thinner or cleaning products
- Traffic fumes
- Wash your hands often
- Get pneumonia and flu shots if your doctor recommends it
- Cover your nose and mouth in cold weather
- Avoid large crowds of people
As you can see, you may no longer be able to go places you used to frequent and participate in activities you enjoyed prior to your diagnosis. In addition to taking care of your body, you may also need to take care of your mind. Chronic illnesses can take their toll on your mental well-being, and you may want to account for that as well. Alternative treatments may also help you manage your symptoms.
Depending on the industry you work in, you may not be able to return to work. You may also spend a significant portion of your time going to doctors' appointments. More than likely, you will need to address your financial situation, and you may be able to do so through taking legal action to pursue compensation for your current health issues related to asbestos exposure.