Asbestosis - Definition

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Asbestosis is a serious pulmonary illness due to a prolonged inhalation of asbestos, a mineral used in the industrial world. The asbestos fibers work their way into the lungs and cause irreversible damage. Asbestosis generally appears between 10 and 30 years after exposure to asbestos. It is responsible for general symptoms such as coughing, an increasing difficulty in breathing, and a rise in the risk of bronchopulmonary cancer. This sickness is incurable and can sometimes be recognized as a professional illness. The treatment aims to improve the symptoms and dilate the bronchial tubes with medication; in its advanced stage, it becomes necessary for the patient to use medical oxygen.