Asbestos Testing Los Angeles CA
If you are in need of asbestos testing Los Angeles, CA, then we advise speaking with Nielsen Environmental right away. Asbestosis is a disease of the lungs that develops after asbestos fibers are inhaled and then eventually scar the lungs. This scarring can restrict breathing and hinder oxygen from getting into the bloodstream. Other terms used for asbestosis are interstitial pneumonitis and pulmonary fibrosis. A larger number of asbestosis cases were reported before laws on the federal level began regulating the use of asbestos. At Nielsen Environmental, it is important to us that asbestos is removed safely and no longer poses risks to the general public.
Despite new regulations, asbestos can still be used in certain ways and amounts. And, anyone working or living in a building built before 1970 may be at-risk for asbestos exposure, since asbestos was being used heavily in construction before that time. The best way to know if asbestos is present is by getting CA asbestos testing in Los Angeles immediately from Nielsen Environmental.
Onset of Symptoms
The onset of asbestosis is quite delayed, as it usually takes many, many years of exposure before symptoms appear. In fact, it can take around twenty years on average before people feel the impacts from long-term asbestos exposure. Anyone who believes they could have asbestosis should seek medical attention right away and contact us about asbestos testing Los Angeles CA residents rely on.
Then, you may want to consider contacting an attorney for information about how you may be entitled to compensation by suing the party responsible for the asbestos exposure. People like landlords, commercial property owners, manufacturers, or construction crews, could have taken measures to protect you from asbestos exposure, but failed to do so. After we perform asbestos testing in Los Angeles, you will receive a copy to share with your attorney if needed.
Common symptoms of asbestosis include:
- Appetite loss
- Enlarged fingertips
- Shortness of breath
- Persistent cough (dry)
- Chest tightness
Inhalation of Asbestos
If you inhale fibers made of asbestos, it can get lodged in your lungs and take form of scar tissue. This lung scarring can make it difficult to breathe fully and deeply without feeling tightness or chest pain, because the lung tissue cannot contract and expand normally. Those who are more susceptible to asbestosis are people who could have been exposed to asbestos through inhaling tiny particles in the air, such as industry workers, construction workers, demolition crews, home renovators, firefighters, shipyard workers, and power plant workers.
Currently, asbestos is still approved for use in specific industries, but does remain closely monitored by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Your LA asbestos testing report will show whether any present asbestos surpasses OSHA limits.
Doctors can test people for asbestosis by listening for breathing sounds that are abnormal, through reviewing chest x-rays, and measuring how much air is inhaled in addition to airflow in and out of lungs. CT scans can also be utilized to look at the lungs in greater detail. A doctor may recommend ordering a biopsy, in which a sample of lung tissue is taken and tested for asbestos in a lab.
If you are concerned that asbestos is present in your home, office, or another location, then contact us about asbestos abatement Los Angeles CA residents can rely on.
Medical science has yet to find a cure for asbestosis, so treatments often entail controlling or reducing symptoms to make the patient more comfortable. A doctor may suggest trying to prevent the disease from getting worse by avoiding more asbestos exposure and quitting smoking. It may also be a good idea to contact an attorney, to see if another party may have caused your asbestos exposure.
An example of a party who may be at-fault could be a former employer who failed to provide adequate gear to protect against the exposure, or failing to have protocols regarding asbestos safety. At Nielsen Environmental, we understand the impacts that asbestos can have on the body, so contact us today about getting a Los Angeles asbestos testing in CA performed as soon as possible.