Asbestosis is a disease that involves scarring of lung tissue as a result of breathing in asbestos fibers. The scarring makes it hard for you to breathe and for oxygen to get into the blood.  The disease worsens slowly over time. In some people the disease causes no symptoms, while in others it can cause severe symptoms.

There is no cure for asbestosis. A doctor can help you manage your symptoms. If you have trouble breathing, shortness of breath and a very low blood oxygen level, your doctor may recommend oxygen therapy.