It’s no secret that exposure to asbestos is dangerous. It can cause asbestos poisoning, a health condition with often dangerous complications, including mesothelioma.
What Is Asbestos Poisoning?
Asbestos poisoning is also called asbestosis and is a chronic lung disease. The disease stems from inhaling asbestos fibers for prolonged periods. Fibers become stuck in the lungs, causing them to stiffen. As a result, it becomes increasingly difficult to breathe due to developing scar tissue.
Individuals who worked in the mining and manufacturing industry are at the highest risk for asbestos poisoning. Most individuals with asbestosis contracted the disease before the government began regulating asbestos use. It’s also possible to be exposed to asbestos in homes built before 1980. These homes may include insulation, drywall, cement, paint and more that may contain asbestos.
What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Asbestosis?
Unfortunately, according to the Mayo Clinic, those with asbestos poisoning won’t typically show any signs or symptoms for 10 to 40 years after initial exposure. Some individuals may not even know they were exposed to asbestos in the past. Some of the most common signs include:
- Shortness of breath
- Dry and persistent cough
- Weight loss due to a loss of appetite
- Clubbing of the fingers
- Chest pain or tightness
Mesothelioma Is a Complication of Asbestosis
Asbestosis puts you at a higher risk of developing mesothelioma. Malignant mesothelioma is a type of cancer that can impact all of your internal organs. Pleural mesothelioma is the most common type of mesothelioma which directly affects the pleura surrounding the lungs. While there’s currently no cure, there are treatments available.
In addition to chest pain and shortness of breath, mesothelioma symptoms may also include unusual lumps of tissue on your chest. If you have any of these symptoms, please see your doctor.
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