Asbestosis Treatment Options

There is no cure for asbestosis, and the primary goal of treatment is to manage symptoms and prevent the disease from getting worse. The specific treatment plan will depend on the severity of the asbestosis, as well as the overall health of the patient.

Treatment options for asbestosis may include:

  • Oxygen therapy: Supplemental oxygen can help to improve breathing and increase the oxygen levels in the blood. This may involve using a portable oxygen tank or being connected to an oxygen machine at home.
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation: This program, which is typically offered at a hospital or rehabilitation center, involves a combination of exercise, education, and support to help improve breathing and overall physical function.
  • Medications: A healthcare provider may prescribe medications to help manage symptoms of asbestosis, such as bronchodilators to open the airways and reduce shortness of breath, or corticosteroids to reduce inflammation in the lungs.
  • Surgery: In some cases, surgery may be recommended to remove fluid that has accumulated in the space around the lungs (pleural effusion) or to repair or replace a damaged lung.

Lifestyle and home remedies

In addition to medical treatment:

  • Don’t smoke. Asbestosis increases the risk of lung cancer. Quitting smoking can reduce this risk. Try to avoid secondhand smoke. Smoking may also cause more damage to your lungs and airways, which further reduces your lung reserves.
  • Get vaccinated. Talk to your health care provider about the flu and pneumonia vaccines and the COVID-19 vaccine, which can help lower your risk of lung infections.
  • Avoid further asbestos exposure. Further exposure to asbestos can worsen your condition.
  • Drink lots of water.
  • Eat a healthy diet.
  • Exercise regularly after discussing an exercise plan or routine with your healthcare provider.

It is important to work closely with a healthcare provider to develop a treatment plan that is right for you.