Asbestos exposure through skin contact poses a high risk of swallowing or breathing in the asbestos after it has become disturbed.
Often family members in the home are at risk to touching family members who brought asbestos home from work and washed clothing containing asbestos fibers.
Over the years of working with asbestos materials workers could be exposed to other workers skin and the asbestos exposure can be transferred from one worker to another.
Health Risks of Asbestos Exposure by Skin Contact
Asbestos exposure is a known carcinogen and is known to cause diseases such as mesothelioma or lung cancer many years after initial exposure.
Mesothelioma and lung cancer have a long latency period before the diseases manifest themselves while the asbestos fibers are causing damage within the body.
Direct contact between asbestos and the skin poses a risk of the material entering the body or the blood stream, and there has been a strong link between skin contact with asbestos and mesothelioma of the abdomen known as peritoneal mesothelioma with the most common mesothelioma diagnosis being pleural mesothelioma.
Other consequences of Asbestos skin exposure include:
- Burning, itching sensation
- Prickling pain or tingling
- Redness, rashes
The main health concern of asbestos skin exposure is that it is a red flag of sorts in regards to other potential exposures through inhalation or ingestion.
How Skin Exposure to Asbestos Occurs
Direct contact with materials that contain asbestos, or with surfaces that have been contaminated with asbestos is the most likely risk for asbestos skin exposure.
The most common scenario is workers who physically handle materials that contain asbestos, like pipe insulation, without the proper protective gear to prevent the fibers from piercing their clothing.
If you or someone in your immediate family has been diagnosed with mesothelioma or asbestos-related lung cancer from asbestos exposure, contact Mesowatch today.
You will receive immediate assistance and a free, confidential case evaluation.