Also, I wore no protection on my body or my eyes so I am sure all of this dust and debris entered my eyes mouth too. Would I have gotten significant damage or any measurable damage to my lungs, eyes, skin, etc from this one time but significant potential exposure to asbestos?
One final detail. This was over the course of about three days with no protection. I would estimate 20 hours of total exposure.
Found out the house was probably built in 1974 so there is a high probability the ceiling contained asbestos.
Hi, do you have any symptoms now? One exposure to asbestos fibers may not cause much harm. Prolonged exposure to these fibers can cause lung tissue scarring and shortness of breath. Asbestosis symptoms can range from mild to severe, and usually don't appear until many years after continued exposure. If you have symptoms of breathlessness or cough then chest X rays, CT scan and lung function tests may help to determine the extent of damage. If you do not have symptoms you don't have to worry. Regards.
To my knowledge, I never had any negative effect from the home remodel exposure. Further research indicates it could have been a home built in 1979 and 1980. However, my research indicates that even houses built that recently had asbestos in the flooring, flooring adhesives, popcorn ceilings, etc. I know if asbestos is not disturbed it is not supposed to be a problem but unfortunately we disturbed it big time. Scraping, sanding, etc. what a nightmare. I can't believe I was so stupid but I simply had no idea I might be dealing with asbestos. I thought it was mainly in very old buildings and mainly in insulation, but only later did I find out that it is all over the place. Add this exposure to the fact that like a lot of people in their 40s, I went to school in very old buildings known to have asbestos for over 12 years and I stayed with my grandparents one summer in 1980 while they were having their old 1920s house renovated, and suddenly I am freaking out that I am destined to get mesothelioma, cancer, asbestosis or some other asbestos related disease. I am just really frightened and feel contaminated.
How is your health Tigerfan? Have you developed any respiratory diseases? I hope you are OK!