What happens when someone inhales asbestos fibers?
Asbestos fibers are harmful to humans if inhaled. When a person breathes in the small fibers, they remain in the lungs and cause scar tissue to form on the walls of the alveoli (the tiny air sacs where oxygen and carbon dioxide are exchanged). The amount of oxygen that is available to the body is reduced through asbestos exposure and worsened through repeated encounters with ACM.
Additional Asbestos FAQs
- What should I do if I've been exposed to asbestos? What if I don't feel sick?
- Is asbestos hazardous to your health?
- Who Is Most Likely To Be At Risk?
- Has the federal government established laws or regulations to decrease asbestos exposure?
- What should I do if I've been exposed?
- Who can file an asbestos-related lawsuit?
- How do you get mesothelioma?
- What is mesothelioma and how do you get it?