Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Lung Disease due to Asbestos Treatment

There is no cure for asbestosis. Treatment is directed at avoiding exposure to asbestos and controlling the symptoms of lung disease. Treatment for asbestosis may include bronchodilator medications to control wheezing. However, there are no specific medications that reverse the lung damage caused by asbestosis. As the disease progresses, oxygen therapy may be required. Those with asbestosis must stop smoking and avoid exposure to secondary smoke. Early treatment with antibiotics for respiratory infections can prevent worsening symptoms.

Treatment for asbestosis may include:

Lung Disease due to Asbestos Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of asbestosis.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
    • Is surgery an option for me?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • Do I need to stay in the hospital?
    • How long will I be in the hospital?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Do I need to change my diet?
  • Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • Do I need a special exercise program?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for upper respiratory infections and bronchitis?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

Lung Disease due to Asbestos Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat asbestosis:

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Last Updated: Jun 2, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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