Occupational Lung Diseases: Symptoms
Mesothelioma, Asbestosis, Silicosis, Pneumconiosis,Byssinosis

A very disturbing aspect of occupational lung diseases is that most of them show no symptoms until the onset of the, often terminal, disease is quite advanced. Additionally, those afflicted become extremely susceptible to developing other disabling or terminal lung diseases such as mesothelioma, primary lung cancer, tuberculosis or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.These diseases are the result of inhalation of hazardous substances. Any worker exposed to harmful substances should take out a hazardous material insurance to safeguard himself and his family.

Pursuing a panacea, governments and institutions have been trying to identify ways to prevent and control occupational lung diseases, such as mesothelioma.

The UK has introduced, in May 2005, some stringent amendments to its laws in order to promote correct management of asbestos. These amendments to the Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations (2002) will affect everyone responsible for the maintenance of commercial property and can ultimately leave them personally open to prosecution.

Scientists have been researching ways of neutralizing asbestos fibers released into the atmosphere. Italian researcher Bice Fubini and her colleagues at the University of Turin have discovered that a eugenol extracted from cloves has the properties to safely neutralize deadly asbestos fibres. They developed a procedure by which a combination of the eugenol Phenylpropan, which occurs also in carnations, and hydrogen peroxide hardens on contact with asbestos fibers within a short time to a polymer. The krebserregenden fibers are embedded surely into the polymer and as they do not whirl in the air, they are not inhalable. However, whether this polymer can be allowed to remain in the reorganized buildings or whether they need to be removed is still unclear.

Prosecution attorney's specializing in mesothelioma claims have been active in securing citizen's rights. Such measures ensure that regulations are enforced and implemented, so that future generations do not have to suffer through exposure to hazardous substances like asbestos and silica.

Asbestosis: Asbestosis increases the risk of developing lung cancer by 5-fold in both smokers and non-smokers.

~ shortness of breath
~ dry cough
~ tightness in chest
~ sympoms worsen over time leading to severe disability and death

Mesothelioma: It may be 30-50 years from the initial exposure to the first appearance of symptoms. Pleural mesothelioma usually produces chest pain
and shortness of breath. Mesothelioma of the peritoneum may cause an intestinal obstruction, which results in abdominal pain, vomiting and weight loss.

Pleural Mesothelioma
~ chest pain
~ shortness of breath
~ tightness in chest
~ pleural effusion (excessive fluid between the layers of the pleura)
~ symptoms worsen over time leading to severe disability and death

Peritonial Mesothelioma
~ abdominal pain
~ vomiting
~ weight loss

Pericardial Mesothelioma
~ shortness of breath
~ chest pains
~ persistent coughing
~ palpitations.

Mesothelioma deaths are on the rise although the use of asbestos has declined over the past 25 years. The number of deaths continue to rise despite the introduction of protective clothing and other safety measures.

However, because there can be a time lag of upto 50 + years between first exposure to asbestos and the development of mesothelioma and asbestosis, the symptoms become evident when the disease is at an advanced stage, and very little can be done to cure it.
As a result mesothelioma and asbestosis have become highly important health and safety issues that everyone in business, governments, and corporations need to address.

Both mesothelioma and asbestosis tend to develop in people who have experienced intense asbestos exposure. Sadly , once contracted, neither asbestosis nor mesothelioma can be reversed. The disease progresses even after direct exposure is discontinued.

Silicosis, is caused by inhalation of silica, affects people who work with sandstone, slate, granite etc. It has been estimated that about 3 million workers in the US have been exposed to silica dust. The acute form of silicosis, tends to develop after a few months of intensive exposure to silica - and it can lead to death in under a year.

Diffuse Pleural Thickening: This condition, which can develop following even a brief period of exposure to asbestos, shows no obvious symptoms, and is normally detected only when a chest x-ray is conducted for another purpose.
However, in some cases of advanced pleural thickening the inability of the lungs to expand may cause:

~ shortness of breath.

Byssinosis: Caused by inhaling dust and fibers from hemp, flax and cotton processing, byssinosis is a condition that has now become infrequent in the developed countries, but is prevalent in countries, like India, where textile is produced from natural fibres like cotton and hemp. Initially, the symptoms are apparent at the start of the work week and diminish over the weekend, after ceasing work. But as the condition intensifies, so do the symptoms:

~ shortness of breath, which may become a chronic condition
~ tightness of the chest
~ in rare cases, extensive lung damage can lead to respiratory failure

Coal Worker’s Pneumconiosis : In its simple form pneumcontiosis (PMF) produces no symptoms initially. However, as it develops, breathing difficulties appear, and become so severe that respiratory failure may take place.

During progression of this disease the symptons include the following:

~coughing up black sputum
~shortness of breath on exertion

Silicosis: The symptoms of both chronic and acute silicosis are the same, although they develop over different time periods. They include:

~ coughing up sputum
~ shortness of breath on exertion
~ tightness of the chest

Occupational Asthma: Asthma attacks can vary in severity from mild breathlessness to respiratory failure (death). During a severe attack breathing becomes increasingly difficult causing great distress and anxiety. The sufferer is unable to lie down and may be unable to speak. The main symptoms of occupational asthma are the same:

~ breathlessness
~ wheezing
~ a dry cough
~ tightness in the chest
~ cyanosis , a bluish tinge on facial skin (in severe cases -may lead to death)

Industrial Bronchitis: This is a chronic form of bronchitis which develops from inhaling atmospheric pollutants. These toxic substances cause inflamation of the mucosal lining of the bronchi leading to swelling and congestion.There is widespread narrowing and obstruction of the airways of the lungs - the bronchi, the bronchioles and the alveoli. This is also known as chronic obstructive lung disease, and is the most common ailment in the UK, being the reason for the most man hours of work lost in the UK.

~ chronic coughing
~ sputum
~ pulmonary hypertension ( pressure on arteries leading to the heart)
~ increased breathlessness, as the condition intensifies
~ possible oedema (swelling caused by fluid collection)

It seems to affect more men than women, and the risk of industrial bronchitis is compounded by smoking. Smokers who contract these diseases increase their risk of getting lung cancer by 75-100 times.

There is a simple natural therapy to fight cancer but drug manufacturers' intense lobbying has ensured that North America is kept in the dark about this therapy.


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