For years, people have been exposed to asbestos. Once considered the best fire retardant material, it is now a health concern for millions who’re exposed every year. Over the years, manufacturers have reduced their use of asbestos and laws have restricted its use.
Because of its long time use, many people still have asbestos in their lungs. When does asbestos affect someone? How long does asbestos stay in your lungs? Can asbestos leave your lungs? Here’s what you should know:
Long-term asbestos exposure
When people inhale asbestos, tiny particles can infiltrate and scar their lungs. Eventually, those scars toughen up, but the healing process tightens the lungs as a result.
Lung tissue scarring can make it harder for people to breathe. People may feel tight-chested and cough more after suffering from long-term asbestos exposure. Asbestos exposure can eventually turn cancerous and cause organs to shut down. Asbestos exposure isn’t typically noticed until 10 to 40 years. A victim may notice symptoms of asbestos exposure before realizing the cause.
Asbestos doesn’t leave the body easily. The small particles that enter the lungs can be hard to trance and may stick to the lungs walls. A victim of asbestos exposure may be able to reduce symptoms by quitting smoking, limiting contact with asbestos and checking in regularly with their doctor.
You may need to reach out for legal help if you believe your job unsafely exposed you to asbestos.