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How is asbestosis treated?
Patients with asbestosis, like others with chronic
lung disease, are at a higher risk of serious infection,
low oxygen levels in the blood, and heart failure. These
patients also may not recover as quickly from viral and
bacterial infections. In addition, they may be at
increased risk for certain fungal and unusual infections
that take advantage of diseased or scarred lung tissue.
The medical management of these patients should focus
special attention on preventing and rapidly treating these
pneumococcal vaccinations are a part
of routine care for these patients. There is, however, no
treatment or cure for asbestosis. In particular, steroid
and immune-based therapies have not been shown to benefit
Other key elements in treating patients with asbestosis
are smoking cessation, early detection of worsening disease
or cancer, and avoidance of further exposure to asbestos.
Supplemental oxygen during exercise or at rest (depending
on the need) may be provided to improve daily function.