How Bad is Asbestos Exposure?

We often hear that the asbestos is dangerous for our health. Let’s find out about these asbestos!

Asbestos is a mineral that form fibers separate easily. The size of one asbestos fiber is tiny and so smooth. Therefore, it is easy to fly in the air. When inhaled, asbestos quickly enter into the respiratory cavity, and it makes damage and causes many diseases.

There are three diseases caused by asbestos dust. First is Mesothelioma, the malignant cancer of the lung veil, the veil of the stomach, or the veil of the heart. Second is lung cancer, third is asbestosis disease. These diseases are often cause death.

Asbestos dust can also cause irritation to the tissue and lung sheath. As a result of irritation, scar tissue will form a stiff. This network will gradually expand and thicken so that the lungs can no longer expand and deflate like a normal lung. This situation will lead to a variety of symptoms such as difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, cough, and chest pain. In addition, blood flow lungs will also be blocked, forcing the heart to work harder. Over time, the heart will be enlarged. The emergence of scar tissue in the lungs due to asbestos dust called Asbestosis.

Inhaling asbestos fibers can cause the formation of scar tissue (fibrosis) in the lungs. Lung tissue that forms the fibrosis cannot expand and deflate properly. Weighing the disease depends on the duration of exposure and the number of fibers inhaled.

Asbestos exposure can be found in the mining and milling industries, construction and other industries. Exposure to asbestos workers’ families can also occur from particles brought home on the clothing workers.

Diseases caused by asbestos include:

* Pleural plaque
* Mesotelioma malignant
* Pleural effusion.

Asbestosis is a respiratory disease that results from inhaling asbestos fibers, where the lung formed scar widely. Asbestos fibers composed of silicate minerals with different chemical composition. Asbestos fibers composed of silicate minerals with different chemical composition.
If inhaled, asbestos fibers settle in the lungs, causing scarring. Inhaling asbestos can also cause thickening of the pleura (the membrane lining the lungs).

Mesothelioma is asbestos dust which has entered the lungs, will move up to the veil of the lungs. Here, the asbestos dust would damage the DNA of cells covering the lung (mesothelium), consequently disrupted cell growth control. Cells that have become abnormal will divide uncontrollably, and then expand and damage the surrounding tissue.

Lung cancer is the mechanism of the emergence of lung cancer due to asbestos dust is similar to mesothelioma cancer. The difference, which is affected by airway wall (bronchioles). Initially limited to damage the lungs, and then at an advanced stage can metastasize to other organs.
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