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Pulmonary Fibrosis

Fiberglass Insulation and Dust

01/31/2010

Question:

Sir/Madam, I have been told that I have an unusually large amount of dust in my house as a result of my fiberglass ceiling insulation. On the other hand, I think the dust is kicked up by three people (including an active 10-year-old) living in a small house, in and out all the time. I find it difficult to believe that fiberglass insulation can cause common ordinary dust. I would value your opinion. Thank you for your answer.

Answer:

Fiberglass used for insulation that is contained within walls or ceiling materials is generally safe and does not contribute to ordinary house dust.

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Response by:

James N Allen, Jr, MD James N Allen, Jr, MD
Clinical Professor of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University