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Pulmonary fibrosis - from asbestos exposure; Interstitial pneumonitis - from asbestos exposure
There is no cure. Stopping exposure to asbestos is essential. To ease symptoms, drainage, chest percussion, and vibration can help remove fluids from the lungs.
The doctor may prescribe aerosol medications to thin lung fluids. People with this condition may need to receive oxygen by mask or by a plastic piece that fits into the nostrils. Certain patients may need a lung transplant.
You can ease the stress of this illness by joining a support group whose members share common experiences and problems. See lung disease - support group.
The outcome depends on the amount of asbestos you were exposed to, and for how long. This condition tends to get worse more slowly than idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis if you stop being exposed to asbestos.
Patients who develop malignant mesothelioma tend t ohave a poor outcome. About 75% of those who are affected die within 1 year.
Call for an appointment with your health care provider if you suspect that you've been exposed to asbestos or if you have unexplained symptoms.
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