Asbestosis is the scarring of the lung tissue deep inside the lungs which happens over time as the lungs become irritated and struggle to expel inhaled asbestos fibres and dust.
Asbestosis is usually associated with heavy exposure to asbestos over prolonged periods of time.
Scarring of the tissue deep inside the lung can occur through other causes and if there has been no asbestos exposure the condition is referred to as pulmonary fibrosis.
Scarring of the lung tissue makes it hard for oxygen to get into the bloodstream causing significant breathing difficulties and discomfort.
Asbestosis can be symptomless but it is a progressive illness that worsens with time and reduces life expectancy.
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