What Health Risks Are Caused By Asbestos In The Home?

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Asbestos is a fibrous material that is made of magnesium silicate. This material is resistant to chemicals, heat and fire and was once commonly used in the construction of many homes. However, over time it was discovered that the health risks asbestos cause greatly outweigh the benefits it offers as a building material. Now, asbestos is no longer used for home construction purposes. Unfortunately, many older homes still have materials that contain asbestos in the walls, flooring, insulation, siding, paint, roofing and heating systems. Being exposed to asbestos can caused various health problems and these are some of the most common.

Asbestosis 

Named for the material that causes it, asbestosis is an inflammatory lung condition that causes coughing, shortness of breath and scarring of the lungs. This makes it difficult to breathe as the tissues of the lungs are no longer able to absorb oxygen properly.

Mesothelioma

A condition known as mesothelioma has also been linked to asbestos exposure. This is a rare cancer that affects the lining of the lungs, the chest and the abdomen. When a person has mesothelioma, cancerous tumors that may be benign or malignant usually grow on the surface of the lungs. There is currently no known cure for this disease.

Other Lung Problems

Asbestos has also been shown to cause other health conditions of the lungs. These include thickening of the membranes around the lungs and excess fluid collecting between the lungs and the inside chest wall. These problems make breathing very difficult and may leave the diagnosed person suffering for years.

Other Health Conditions

Some studies show that asbestos can also cause other health conditions as well. While these have not been confirmed, it is also believed by some medical professionals that asbestos exposure may also cause cancer of the throat, gall bladder, gastrointestinal tract, kidneys, bladder, brain and voice box.

If you live in a home that was built many years ago, it is a good idea to have it checked for asbestos materials. Fortunately, asbestos can be removed by asbestos abatement professionals who are trained in how to do this safely and thoroughly. If asbestos is found in your home, it can be professionally and safely removed. 

This greatly reduces the chances of developing any of the conditions that may be caused by asbestos exposure. Some homeowners insurance companies may even pay for this to be done as long as it is completed by a person that is trained and licensed to do asbestos removal.

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