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How Can You Get Asbestos?

Asbestos is a hazardous material that can be found in rocks and soil. As these mineral fibers are resistant to heat, electricity and harsh chemicals, they have been widely used in many industries such as automotive, constructions and textiles. When inhaled over long periods of time, asbestos can wreak havoc on your body. The medical conditions it generates are mesothelioma and asbestosis, both of them being extremely difficult to manage. Asbestos may also cause lung cancer. This is why you have to understand how you get it and how to take protective measures to prevent this from happening.

You get asbestosis either by working in one of the industries that use it or by living in a house made with materials that contain it. If your job requires you to get in contact with asbestos, you should always minimize the level of exposure by wearing protective equipment and by avoiding long shifts. As soon as you feel something isn't right with your lungs, you should seek medical care. Your doctor will be able to test you and determine whether you've had too much exposure to this hazardous material. .

If you don't work directly with asbestos, but one of your family members does, you risk getting secondary asbestos exposure. People working with asbestos may bring home fibers on their dirty clothes, unknowingly exposing everybody in the house to this deadly dust. .

It is also possible to get asbestos from your environment. If your house has been built with construction materials that contain it, chances are tiny fragments of it become airborne and end up in your lungs. Repeated exposure over a long period may trigger severe medical conditions with a direct impact on your quality of life. .

This mineral can be naturally occurring, so you can get it by indirect exposure. In areas rich in these mineral deposits, you can get it by simply working your garden or by riding your bicycle. All outdoor activities that disturb asbestos fibers can lead to the pollution of the air in that area. .

These are the ways you get asbestos. As you can see, some of them are easier to avoid than others. Secondary exposure is the most dangerous because it occurs without you even realizing it. Unfortunately, the first symptoms of sickness start to show many years after the initial exposure when it's already too late. .

Although hazardous, asbestos isn't banned in the U.S. However, it is strictly regulated by the government. It is allowed only in materials that have historically contained it. The development of new products or building materials containing it is strictly forbidden. .

If you want to be on the safe side, you should check your wall and attic insulation, your ceiling tiles, your floors, your boiler insulation and your wall panels, as these items are the ones that may contain asbestos, especially if they are very old. You can replace them with modern materials or move into a newer, and therefore safer house.

If you've been exposed to Asbestos call the Mesothelioma Advocates to get help!

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