You might have been exposed to asbestos without even knowing it. But there’s no need to fret over it because exposure such as this is very small to cause some major problems. There are low levels of asbestos present in almost everything we use, in the air, water and on our soil. And most people don’t become ill from this type of exposure. People that have been ill from the exposure of asbestos are people who are exposed to it regularly and to a significant level. Mostly, people who are working on some asbestos mining company or other forms of work which involves direct contact to the substance. There are other instance where the whole community is exposed and of risk from asbestos.
Risks factors to the disease that asbestos might cause highly depend on the concentration and the duration of contact from the chemical. The one major risk factor is the amount of asbestos present in the air you breathe. The more asbestos you inhale the more susceptible you are of acquiring asbestos related diseases. The problem is that when asbestos dust gets into the air there’s no telling on how far it could travel. Concentration plus long duration of exposure only increases the risk factor. Having vices like smoking will just increase your chance of having malignant asbestos related diseases. And if ever you may develop an asbestos related disease, all symptoms could be noticeable after a year of having the disease.
So you could be sick without even knowing it. Shortness of breath and constant fatigue are just some of the symptoms if the patient is already on their latency period. There is no definite time on when the symptoms would show from the victim’s first exposure with asbestos, which make it even more dangerous. Although tolerance to the diseases depends on the health of its victim, there are some diseases once you have it you can never be cured from it. So the best thing that you could do is to learn how to prevent yourself from acquiring those diseases before it hits you. Wearing of protective mask and knowing all precaution in handling asbestos would help you a lot. As much as possible prevent long exposure to the chemical.
Not only are the people who have direct contact to asbestos are in danger of having asbestos related diseases. Family members of workers exposed with asbestos are of high risk also. A certain study shows that there had been an increase for family members to acquire asbestos related diseases. And it doesn’t mean that if you don’t work on construction or mining you are not in danger from asbestos exposure. It can also occur in school grounds, public building or even on a private residence. When certain products which contains asbestos as one of its raw materials became damaged, and asbestos dust might be dispersed through the air. Once it gets included with the air, it is very difficult to know that you are already breathing in asbestos polluted air and long exposure to it could lead some serious diseases.