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How Does Supplemental Oxygen Help Patients with Asbestosis?

Normally, the lungs can absorb oxygen from the air we breathe and transfer it to the bloodstream, but in conditions such as asbestosis, the lungs are unable to pass enough oxygen to the blood.

answered by Gregory A. Cade

Asbestos fibers cause accumulating damage to the lungs resulting in slowly progressive asbestos diseases such as asbestosis and pleural effusion

These conditions can be treated but not cured completely. Your doctor will try relieving your symptoms and avoiding further complications.

Supplemental oxygen will be prescribed in severe cases of asbestosis, especially, if the oxygen level in the blood is low. It is delivered from an oxygen tank through either a mask or plastic tubing that has prongs that fit into the nostrils. It helps in breathing easily and can bring more oxygen into the lungs.

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