Exposure to asbestos can happen in a number of ways. You can inhale it by coming in contact with asbestos-containing materials, or by working in an area where asbestos has been disturbed. Asbestos exposure can even happen in your own home, particularly if you live in an old house that was built around the 1970s. Even living with a person that has been exposed to asbestos can put one at risk for getting exposed as well.
If you suspect that you came in contact or inhaled asbestos, it is of great importance to you schedule a doctor’s visit right away. Doing so will allow you to confirm your suspicions. The thing with someone who has been exposed to asbestos is that it can take 10, 20, 30 or even 40 years before symptoms show up. Therefore, those who have inhaled asbestos may think there’s really nothing wrong with them when the truth is there actually is. Early detection can help in preventing the development of deadly asbestos-related diseases, such as mesothelioma or lung cancer. If exposure occurred while you are on the job, getting checked by a doctor will help confirm that you have an illness related to exposure to asbestos. You can use this as evidence later on should you decide to file for an asbestos claim or take legal action.
After the doctor confirmed that you have indeed been exposed to asbestos, treatment will follow almost immediately. Medical treatment will depend on the type of illness you have been diagnosed with. For those diagnoses with pleural illnesses (pleural effusion, pleural thickening), the main goal of treatment is to stop further exposure and to mitigate symptoms. Patients might likely need to undergo respiratory therapies to improve their condition. Meanwhile, treating malignant conditions, such in the likes of mesothelioma, include radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and surgery.