Written by Dr. Ramya Ananthakrishnan, MD  | 
Medically Reviewed by dr. reeja tharu, M.Phil.,Ph.D on Aug 20, 2020

Treatment & Prevention of Asbestosis

Patients with asbestosis are highly prone to bacterial, viral and fungal infections. Hence the primary mode of treatment would be to contain the infections. Respiratory tract infections, when it occurs, can be efficiently treated with antibiotics. Pneumococcal and influenza vaccines are administered as a part of the treatment regimen to prevent complications from these infections.

Supportive care in the form of oxygen therapy, steroids and nebulizers may be offered to the patients depending on the severity of the disease. In advanced cases lung transplantation may be advised.

An important adjunct to treatment would be to stop asbestosis exposure as soon as possible. Secondly, the individual must be advised to stop smoking as it plays a direct role in disease progression.

Prevention measures, such as wearing a protective mask with a supply of clean air, and strictly following recommended methods to control asbestos fibres and dust, can be adopted by the high-risk work force.

In industries, substitution with a less harmful variety of asbestos, dust control measures, periodic medical examination of the employees, rotation of work station for the employees and good ventilation facilities can help to minimize the risks.

Reference:

  1. Harrison's Textbook of Medicine Cecil's Textbook of Medicine - (https://www.who.int/)

Comments

asbestosis Thursday, October 29, 2009

Asbestos is very dangerous and cause disease Asbestosis, but in my country, asbestos is still used and the government does not forbid

zaki

RobatAsbestosis Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Hi - we are looking for people affected to share their stories on Asbestosis, if interested please get in touch.

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