Anxiety over Asbestos

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Some one please help, i suffer with Very bad health anxiety also Ocd and have locked on to asbestos now, about 15 years ago without knowing i cut through a 4 inch white asbestos soil pipe, it was outside and well ventilated, i am frantically internet

surching which is making things even worse, i am so scarred now that it is effecting my live so much that i can't eat or sleep,

The whole process only took seconds and for what

i can remember there was very little

dust inhalation, as soon i realised what it was,

i covered my face, and stepped away from the area.

and then damped down .

So scared that i am going to get Cancer from this.

Please someone help me as i am having really bad

panic attacks.

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    It is gernerally held that 'blue' asbestos (which was banned in the 60's, I think) is more dangerous than white asbestos. And even in the case of blue asbestos, only prolonged exposure to the fibres may lead to lung disease. 

    As it was a WHITE asbestos pipe you sawed through, and that, furthermore, you sawed through it outside, it's VERY UNLIKELY that you have contracted lung disease (mesothelioma) as a result.

    But please go have a word with your doctor .. tell him of your fears .. and let him put your mind at rest.

    Good luck



    • Posted

      Hi Joeephine, Thank you so much for your reply, i am not an unintelegent person at all, but i can still not rationalise these fears, 

      i lock onto something and continuesly web search which brings a hole

      more worries about asbestos, i just want to live a normal life like

      other people, i am constantly worring about the future..cry


  • Posted

    Josephine is correct, you would haveĀ to be exposed to asbestosĀ over a very long period of time. Yes do go to the doctors but you do need to calm down a bit
    • Posted

      Thank you for your feedback, i agree i need to calm down, as the sress and anxiety has brought on very bad acid reflux which makes things even worse.
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    The chance of you getting any condition from this one off exposure to asbestos is slim. What id like to comment on is that the visual colour of asbestos is not the colour of the asbestos. The asbestos may be white visually but be for instance be brown fibres. The use of the asbestos may be a better indicator of what colour the fibres are. Searching thd internet will give more information. Hope this info helps.

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