Symptoms of Asbestos Exposure

Asbestos symptoms are the telltale signs that a person may be suffering from health issues that have resulted from asbestos exposure. Asbestos related diseases kill approximately 10,000 Americans per year, most of whom are older males.

Asbestos Symptoms Can Lie Dormant for Decades

It is important to note that asbestos related illnesses often lie dormant for years; sometimes even decades. An individual who has developed an asbestos related illness may not know it because they have not experienced any asbestos symptoms.

Asbestos Symptoms and Related Diseases

Asbestos symptoms vary depending on the type of asbestos related disease or condition one has developed. While there are a number of different kinds of diseases that result from asbestos exposure, the most common are Asbestosis and Mesothelioma.

Asbestos Effects on the Body

Asbestosis occurs when one develops scarring of the lung tissue and diminished breathing capacity after inhaling high levels of asbestos fibers.

Effects of asbestos include:

  • shortness of breath, hoarseness or wheezing
  • a persistent cough that gets worse over time, or a change in cough pattern
  • blood in the sputum (fluid) coughed up from the lungs
  • pain or tightening in the chest
  • pain in the abdomen
  • difficulty swallowing
  • significant weight loss, particularly if it’s unexplained
  • fatigue or anemia
  • swelling of the neck and/or face
  • loss of appetite

Mesothelioma Symptoms

Mesothelioma is a form of asbestos cancer that occurs when malignant cells develop in the mesothelium, a protective lining that covers most of the body’s internal organs.

Mesothelioma Symptoms:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest Pain
  • Persistent cough
  • Swelling
  • Weight Loss
  • Nausea
  • Obstructed Bowels
  • Anemia
  • Fever and/or night sweats

If you experience the symptoms listed above, don’t ignore them. Especially if you feel that you may have been susceptible to asbestos exposure in the past. More than a million people a year are subjected to unsafe amounts of asbestos in the work place.

Tell Your Doctor About Effects Of Asbestos Exposure

Although asbestos exposure symptoms are somewhat ‘vague’ in that they could be signs of many possible medical conditions, an individual who is experiencing any of the following symptoms should tell his or her doctor about it and discuss the possibility of asbestos exposure.

Exposure to Asbestos Symptoms

Asbestos exposure symptoms are a “red flag” that should send an individual straight to a physician – preferably a physician who is familiar with asbestos diseases (e.g., asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma). The sooner those asbestos exposure symptoms are identified in a patient, the sooner that his or her treatment will begin. This is particularly important for cancers caused by asbestos exposure.

Factors Involved In Asbestos Exposure Symptoms

There are a number of factors that contribute to how severe an individual’s asbestos exposure symptoms will be, including:

  • how much asbestos the individual was exposed to
  • how long the individual was exposed to the asbestos
  • the type and size of the asbestos fibers – there are six types of asbestos
  • the source of the asbestos
  • the individual’s own risk factors, including general health and whether s/he smokes

Schedule Appointments with a Doctor and a Lawyer

If you suspect that you’re experiencing asbestos exposure symptoms, schedule an appointment with your doctor immediately. Once your asbestos exposure symptoms are confirmed, it is in your best interest to contact an asbestos attorney who will be able to evaluate the source of your exposure and fight to recover compensation for the damages you incurred, including past, present and future medical costs and emotional pain and suffering.

If you believe you have been exposed to unsafe levels of asbestos or are experiencing asbestos symptoms, don’t hesitate to seek the counsel and/or treatment of a qualified medical professional to discuss treatment options.

If you have developed an adverse asbestos related condition you may be eligible to file a claim to receive compensation. Please contact mesothelioma center today for a FREE consultation with an experienced asbestos attorney.