The Top 2 Dangers of Asbestos Exposure

Asbestos is a naturally occurring fiber that was used in a variety of building materials over the years because of its fire

and corrosion-resistant properties. As appealing as this feature may seem, the harmful effects of asbestos later led to its

ban. Although banned from use in the United States for decades, several buildings still contain asbestos. MA asbestos

removal becomes imperative when those buildings are disturbed.


The same characteristics that enable asbestos to be resilient to heat and fire are also linked to numerous adverse health

effects in humans. Many of which are the result of airborne asbestos being inhaled into the lungs. Once inhaled,

asbestos settles in the body and can take up to forty years to show its symptoms. However, once symptoms appear, it is

often irreversible. Below are two common conditions caused by asbestos exposure.




Asbestosis is a chronic lung disease caused by the inhalation of asbestos fibers. Those fibers become lodged within the

tiny sacs in your lungs known as alveoli. Alveoli is where oxygen is exchanged for carbon dioxide in your blood. The

longer the asbestos fibers are present, the more damaging it becomes. Irritating and scarring the lung tissue, the tissue

hardens, making it difficult to breathe. Eventually, the damage may become so high that the lung tissue can no longer

contract and expand normally.


While symptoms range from mild to severe, the longer the exposure, the more damage asbestos can cause. Below is a

list of commonly reported signs and symptoms:

  •  Shortness of breath
  •  Persistent, dry coughing
  •  Chest tightness or pain
  •  Fingertips and toes that appear rounder and larger than normal
  •  Loss of appetite in combination with weight loss




Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that occurs within the thin layer of tissue covering many of the internal organs,

generally, the lungs. Although treatments are available, Mesothelioma is aggressive and without a cure. Perhaps the lack

of cure is due to the confusion around what caused the initial genetic mutations within the cell’s DNA at the beginning.

Several studies have linked the mutations to a variety of factors such as inherited conditions, the individual’s

environment and current health and lifestyle choices.


Most people with asbestos exposure never develop Mesothelioma. However, those that do can take 20 – 60 years to

show symptoms. Those symptoms may include:

  •  Chest pain
  •  Painful coughing
  •  Shortness of breath
  •  Unexplained weight loss
  •  Unusual lumps of tissue under the skin of your chest


As always, it is still best to consult your doctor immediately if you are experiencing signs or symptoms that are of

concern. However, for all your asbestos removal needs in MA, contact our team at Atlantic Bay Contracting. As an

EPA certified asbestos removal company in the Greater Boston area, our experience and expertise will help eliminate

the threat, leaving you with the peace of mind that you deserve.


Contact us today at (617) 782-4986.