How is Asbestosis Treated?
Although there's no cure for the terrible damage asbestosis inflicts on the lungs, there are treatments doctors can offer to help the patient live a more comfortable life. Below are some common asbestosis treatment as well as self-help measures a patient can take to prevent additional complications from this condition. Remember to discuss all treatments with your doctor first.
Common Asbestosis Treatments
Bronchodilators. Whether inhaled or consumed via pill form, this asbestosis treatment helps to expand constricted lung passages and ease the patient’s shortness of breath. Physical therapy to the chest can also help breathing difficulties and other asbestosis symptoms, such as persistent coughing.
OTC pain relievers. Over-the-counter pain relievers such as Tylenol or Advil may be used to relieve the chest pain and discomfort that is characteristic of asbestosis. This treatment method, however, should only be used under a doctor’s supervision.
Supplemental oxygen. In the case of severe asbestosis, treatment may involve at-home supplemental oxygen to aid in the patient’s ability to breathe. The oxygen is delivered through thin plastic tubing that plugs directly into the nostrils.
Surgery. If asbestosis is advanced enough, the patient’s lungs may be too scarred to support normal breathing function. Under these circumstances, a lung transplant may be the recommended asbestosis treatment. It should be noted, however, that a lung transplant is more likely in patients who have lung damage from emphysema or other conditions in addition to asbestosis.
Practices to Complement Asbestosis Treatment
Beyond asbestosis treatment, there are simple things a person can do to keep symptoms at bay and avoid additional health complications. These include:
- Drinking plenty of fluids
- Engaging in a doctor-supervised exercise routine
- Quitting smoking and avoiding secondhand smoke
- Guarding against respiratory infections through regular vaccinations and by avoiding contact with people with known infections
Another important preventative measure in addition to asbestosis treatments is avoiding further lung damage. To accomplish this, the patient must stop any continued exposure to asbestos or other toxic substances (such as silica dust). Studies show that when toxic exposure stops, asbestosis typically does not worsen.
Were You Diagnosed with an Asbestos-Related Disease?
If you have asbestosis or mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure, you may be eligible for compensation for your injuries. To find out about your legal options, contact Sokolove Law at 1-888-360-4215 to see if a mesothelioma lawyer can help you.