Asbestos was once a common part of all new buildings – in fact after the second world war, buildings, both residential and commercial, were built in their droves using this affordable and resilient building product – it seemed the perfect solution to rebuild the nation.
Unfortunately, though, at the time nobody realised that it would lead to a health crisis in years to come. Because the problems from inhaling the asbestos fibres take years to become apparent it was not until it was too late that the damage was done. Nowadays, if we find that buildings have asbestos in them, we enlist the help and expertise of someone like this asbestos removal Birmingham based company to remove it safely and correctly. But years ago, people who worked in the construction trades, such as builders, carpenters and electricians paid a high price for being exposed to asbestos.
There are 4 main illnesses caused by asbestos, one of which is asbestosis. When the fibres have been inhaled over many years, they cause scarring to the lungs. Some people start to notice a problem when they develop a cough that won’t go away, pains in the chest area, and wheezing as well as shortness of breath.
Doctors will be able to tell from scans and chest x-rays if someone is suffering from asbestosis, and although there is no cure there are treatments available to try to stop the disease from getting worse. Doctors can provide machines to increase the oxygen getting into the lungs and offer exercises that are beneficial to people suffering from asbestosis.