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Is prolonged exposure to asbestos a cause for concern?

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Posted on Thu, 3 Dec 2015
Question: hi I ripped up some tiles which i now believe had asbestos in them about a year ago. can I get sick right away? i was reading about latency periods being 10 plus years is it p[possible to get sick after only one year?
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Answered by Dr. Abhijit Sonawane (26 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
very unlikely. it needs prolonged exposure to cause problem

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Thanks for posting in HCM.
Any minerals or as its called substance poisons act when they are exposed to a person for prolonged period of time.
That is why people who work in mining, lead industries, certain food factories who are exposed to these toxic agents on daily basis for long periods of time get the dieases caused by these substances.
According to your query doing it once that too a year ago even if done for full day will not have any effect on you.
Body's self defence mechanism is strong enough to fight with these exposures without causing problem to body.
So i would like to advice you that it is highly unlikely that exposure might cause any problem to your health.
I hope i have answered your query well.
If you have any more query kindly write back to me will be happy to answer them.
Thank you
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Follow up: Dr. Abhijit Sonawane (18 minutes later)
it was probably 5 days work in total. when you say prolonged your talking years?
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Answered by Dr. Abhijit Sonawane (6 hours later)
Brief Answer:
yes in years

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Thanks for following up with me.
Yes when we are talking prolonged exposure i mean by years. That is why people who work in these industries face this problem after years of work.
With exposure of 5 day or even a month would not cause any problem to health.
Plus as you mentioned you are non smoker ehich makes your lungs healthy and have good defence system. Any damage done by asbestos would had been repaired then and then only.
So i do not see the exposure of asbestos of 5 days doing any damage or cause any disease
Any more queries are welcome.
Thank you
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Is prolonged exposure to asbestos a cause for concern?

Brief Answer: very unlikely. it needs prolonged exposure to cause problem Detailed Answer: Hello, Thanks for posting in HCM. Any minerals or as its called substance poisons act when they are exposed to a person for prolonged period of time. That is why people who work in mining, lead industries, certain food factories who are exposed to these toxic agents on daily basis for long periods of time get the dieases caused by these substances. According to your query doing it once that too a year ago even if done for full day will not have any effect on you. Body's self defence mechanism is strong enough to fight with these exposures without causing problem to body. So i would like to advice you that it is highly unlikely that exposure might cause any problem to your health. I hope i have answered your query well. If you have any more query kindly write back to me will be happy to answer them. Thank you