Mesothelioma is typically linked to job sites that once used excessive amounts of asbestos in products, machinery, and equipment. Yet, the toxic mineral was also used to make a myriad of common products used in homes, including hair dryers.
According to recent report published in the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health, a hairdresser, 49, who worked in salons for over 20 years, was diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma in 2006. After she died in 2009, a report indicated that exposure to asbestos was the cause of death. The only exposure to asbestos she had was via hair dryers.
Although most hair dryers today do not contain asbestos, the study indicates that many of them that were made prior to the 1980s were created with asbestos due to its resistance to fire and its insulation properties.
More Studies Confirm Asbestos in Hair Dryers
A Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) report indicates that hair dryers created prior to the 1980s emitted small, odorless asbestos fibers when in use, that people could easily ingest or inhale, unbeknownst to them. A total of 30 hair dryer manufacturers were included in the study, and per Dr. William J. Nicholson, most of the hair dryers emitted considerable amount of asbestos fibers when in use.
“It is clear that asbestos fibers are released during the operation of most hair dryers tested, in some cases in considerable quantities. The range of dryer effluent concentrations exceeds that of the other environmental concentrations and extends much beyond those of the ambient air.”
Although hairdressers are less risk of developing asbestos-related illnesses when compared to industrial occupations, unfortunately, says Dr. Nicholson, the risk is still there.
“While the risk to an individual from the intermittent use of an asbestos-emitting hair dryer is less than that from many current occupational asbestos exposures, the large number of individuals that may be exposed clearly calls for the elimination of the exposure.”
Hair Dryer Manufacturers Associated with Asbestos
Numerous hair dresser manufacturers have been confirmed to use asbestos in their products, including:
- General Electric Company
- Gillette Company
- J.C. Penney Company
- Korvettes, Inc.
- Sears, Roebuck & Company
- North American Philips Corporation
- Hamilton-Beach and Dominion
- Montgomery Ward
- Schick, Inc
The Long Dormancy Period of Mesothelioma
Unfortunately, numerous people who used asbestos-containing hair dryers may not be aware that they were exposed. Mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases can take up to 50 years to surface. When the first symptoms show up, they usually mimic common respiratory ailments and illnesses such as the cold, flu, or pneumonia.
The most common symptoms of mesothelioma include:
- Chest pain (pleural mesothelioma)
- Abdominal swelling (peritoneal mesothelioma)
- Fluid buildup in the chest area or abdominal area
- Difficulties with breathing
Hair dressers are not the only people at risk for mesothelioma. Anyone who used asbestos-containing hair dryers that were manufactured prior to the 1980s are at risk. If you or a loved one used these products, it’s important to get a medical checkup as soon as possible.
Even if you are unsure if the hair dryer you used contained asbestos, be certain to tell your physician that you used a product that may have possibly contained the hazardous mineral. The sooner mesothelioma is diagnosed, the better the chances of successful treatment.
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