Asbestos is a very deadly material, not found in nature, but to the human body when there is a fair amount of exposure. Mesothelioma is the word you will hear most-often thrown around with regard to asbestos exposure because this is the type of lung cancer that most often develops when there has been exposure to asbestos for any significant amount of time. Asbestos exposure has been the core problem that has plagued many in the manufacturing sector for the last hundred years. It is a wonderful building product. The only real drawback to using asbestos is the cancer it creates in humans who work with it.
When inhaled, asbestos fibers (little pieces of asbestos sometimes only the size of a dust particle) will enter the lungs which will cause inflammation and then will lead, most often, to the most serious issues of asbestosis and mesothelioma lung cancer. The asbestos particles will remain in the lungs and be the cause of these advanced health deterioration problems.
There really is no cure for this, though there are some procedures for trying to remedy them like a lung flush, which is a painful and very difficult procedure. There are some other things that can be done to try and alleviate the symptoms that may have developed, or will develop in the future. This is a little like putting a band-aid on a broken limb however, and should not be thought of as cures.
If you feel like you have been exposed to asbestos, you must do whatever you can do try and get to the doctor as soon as possible. The doctor will know what to do and will most likely begin by performing a chest x-ray which will scan for the asbestos fibers. These fibers in the lungs can be seen, as can inflammation be seen in an x-ray of the chest cavity. Do not delay in going to the doctor. All the time you can put on your side is a good thing.
If you feel like the asbestos exposure may have been the result of a company you worked for, or a company that had done something negligent with their safety practices, then you should also look to an asbestos attorney for more information as well. They can be a great resource for you for locating good treatment doctors as well since they have extended networks of contacts related to mesothelioma. If there has been a company that has put you at risk, there may be many means of extracting a settlement from them, which your mesothelioma attorney can talk with you about. Do not wait and do not delay. Talk with a doctor and mesothelioma attorney without any further delay.