Asbestos, sometimes misspelled – aspestos – (like it sounds), is a naturally occurring fire-proof and flame-retardant mineral. There are several known types of asbestos that have mined from the Earth for thousands of years. Depending on the type of asbestos used, it can be compressed in to sheets, molded into various shaped, or woven in to fabric.
The benefits of asbestos were discovered thousands of years ago. But, it was not until later in the twentieth-century when workers and other people who were exposed to asbestos over a long-time became seriously ill. Many people died from asbestos-related respiratory diseases.
Asbestos was used in many industries and in countless items. It was primarily used as a fire-proof and flame-retardant building material and insulator. The chemical and physical properties that make it an excellent protective material also make it an extremely dangerous respiratory hazard.
Natural asbestos minerals are formed in such an arrangement that they can be broken apart in shreds or slivers. These fragments can be broken down many times into very small particles, which can become airborne (suspended in air) when disturbed or moved. Airborne asbestos particles must always be considered extremely hazardous.
Asbestos particles are very sharp, which further adds to the danger. The small and very sharp particles can be inhaled into the lungs. The particles can pierce the lung tissue and become permanently trapped.
The asbestos particles can block or damage the tiny air sacs in the lungs. When the air sacs become blocked or damaged, it can be extremely difficult to breathe. Each breath can be very painful. The condition can develop into much more dangerous and possibly fatal illnesses.
There are four lung diseases that can occur from asbestos exposure:
• Benign pleural lung disease
• Lung cancer
Only a fully licensed heath or medical professional can determine the type of asbestos-related lung disease a patient may be suffering.
Asbestos or sometimes misspelled – aspestos, must always be considered to be extremely hazardous. If you suspect that you have asbestos materials in your home or workplace that need to be removed, contact a licensed asbestos testing specialist or asbestos removalist to examine your building or property. The benefits and safety of living and working in an asbestos-free environment greatly exceeds the aspestos removal costs.
Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease or illness. Anyone who has health-related concerns and questions should seek advice from a fully licensed health or medical professional as soon as possible.