Asbestos exposure symptoms mimic those of other illnesses. This is one of the reasons it is so hard to diagnose. Especially with the latency period with asbestos exposure. Some people do not see symptoms for 25 to 40 years. This makes it difficult to distinguish asbestos exposure from regular allergies and colds. However, it has been determined that if you have allergies that last all year long, you could have asbestosis or another asbestos-related illness. If you believe you have been exposed to this dangerous mineral, it is important to consult with your doctor so that they can run tests.
Some of the common symptoms of asbestos exposure consist of the following:
- Tightness of Chest
- Prolonged Dry Cough
- Shortness of Breath
- Chest Pain
- Weight Loss
- Itchy or Watery Eyes
- Respiratory Illnesses
- Lung Diseases
These symptoms can stem from many different illnesses, making it hard to diagnose exposure. Tests and blood work must be run to determine the cause of your symptoms. If you have any of the above symptoms that have lasted longer than they should, have it checked out.
Severe symptoms of asbestos exposure consist of:
- Lung Cancer
- Loss of Appetite
- Nail Deformities
- Finger Clubbing
- Fluid Buildup in the Neck, Chest, and Abdomen
Asbestos exposure is very serious and can lead to cancer and eventually death. Asbestos fibers can easily enter your body through your mouth or nose. If you believe you have been exposed seek medical attention. You should never wait. It is also important to have your home tested. If your home does contain this hazardous material the certified asbestos removal company will be able to remove it and dispose of it in a safe manner. If your home does have asbestos, it is important to tell your doctor, so that they can test you. Early detection is important when dealing with asbestos.