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Worried about risk of cancer after exposed with asbestos - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   Hi,
Doctor :   How can I help you ?
User :   hello there
User :   very very worried we have been exposed to abestso as we had a guy at ours fitting lights and he is not sure if he has drilled inthe abesso sheets
Doctor :   Do you mean Asbestos ?
User :   hello you there
User :   yes
Doctor :   Ok, how long would you consider the exposure was ?
Doctor :   Thats not a problem at al
User :   all day yesterday
User :   why
Doctor :   Because Asbestos is known to cause disease in the lung only when exposed to it for years
User :   its bad for ur health and we are still living in the house now
Doctor :   The fibers on long term exposure will induce inflammation and lead to scarring in the lung tissue leading to chronic cough
User :   and my son is plying in his toy room where he was drilling though asbestso
Doctor :   and most of times such a problem is seen in people working in asbestos factories
Doctor :   Acute asbestosis is very rare
User :   how long does it take for asbestso dust to go away
Doctor :   yes, the dust may still be in the air in your home
User :   so we could still have asbestso dust floating around
Doctor :   since they are very minute microfilaments
Doctor :   could cause mild irritation in the lung which may not be harmful
User :   so its damaging our hewalth
User :   health
Doctor :   a brief sweep using a vacuum cleaner will help
User :   what u mean may not be harmful
User :   wont that cause more dust
Doctor :   I meant exposure to shorter duration will not induce severe inflammation and scarring in the lung but just mild irritation which will cause no serious harm
User :   and our house we are in is 31 years old
User :   it was bulit in 1980
Doctor :   I agree, with you that , the dust might have been released .Do use a vacuum cleaner
User :   so how long b4 the dust is gone
Doctor :   It may take not more than 2 or 3 days if you use a vacuum cleaner
Doctor :   I still consider the amount of the dust released by boring a hole in a sheat will not be harm full
Doctor :   Need not worry
Doctor :   Also do take and give your child a 25 ml mixture of honey and lemon juice , this will help in soothing the throat mucosa and prevent the throat irritation by the asbestos dust
Doctor :   Are you with me ?
User :   yes
Doctor :   yes,
User :   so it aint going to harm as that much
Doctor :   Are you an asthmatic ?
User :   and also i am very sore along the rib cages
User :   no
Doctor :   then need not worry , as sometimes in asthmatics milder exposure to the dust may exacerbate the asthma
User :   i was hammering in starpickets about 10 of them
User :   with a very very heavy hammer
Doctor :   Do keep the vacuum cleaner switched on and placed in different areas of the house continuously for few hours
User :   so it wont give us cancer
Doctor :   No , cancer risk is seen in people exposed to asbestos in heavy doses such as in asbestos factories
Doctor :   Honey and lemon juice will help
User :   ok
User :   u sure about that as i will go and see a doctor and make sure thats right
Doctor :   Its always good to get examined , Doctor will examine the throat and and chest to determine whether there is any inflammation
User :   you there
Doctor :   Yes,
User :   i will chck with my doctor to see if you are right
Doctor :   Yes, I have been through such cases and found no illness
User :   u right with what you are saying
Doctor :   I meant acute exposure to the asbestos dust in mild or moderate quantity
User :   what you mean such cases
Doctor :   In here we do have a lot of asbestos factories and we commonly see a people with short term expousre
User :   i know
User :   but who was exposed
Doctor :   like ones who join to work there and quit early. do present themselves to us
Doctor :   Cancers like mesothelioma , colon cancers are very rare and are seen in very heavy exposure for alt least few days ( say more than a week )
Doctor :   most of times its just mild self limiting inflammation is what experienced by such people exposed for not more than a week in factories
Doctor :   Are you there ?
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