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Asbestosis SymptomsAsbestos is a set of minerals with fibers that are resistant to heat, fire, and chemical or electrical damage. These and other desirable physical properties make the asbestos an ideal component in numerous commercially manufactured products. When products with asbestos are disturbed, fibers are released into the air, and when inhaled, can become lodged in the lungs. These fibers, which are straight and sharp, are difficult for the body to expel and can become trapped in the body for years. The trapped fibers cause inflammation and, eventually, scarring of the lung tissue that cause different respiratory problems, asbestosis being one of them.

Symptoms of Asbestosis

Prolonged exposure to asbestos is the primary cause of asbestosis. This chronic medical condition has a handful of symptoms that show at least 20 to 30 years after exposure.

These symptoms include:

  • Strenuous coughing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dry and crackling sound when breathing
  • Persistent chest pain
  • Hypertension
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • High blood pressure
  • Fatigue

More physical asbestosis symptoms include:

  • Loss of appetite/weight loss
  • Swelling in the neck or face
  • Finger deformity

The frequency, severity, and latency period of the development of asbestosis symptoms actually depend on the length of the time and the amount of asbestos fibers a person was exposed to. This means that the more asbestos fibers are inhaled, the earlier asbestosis develops in the lungs.

If any or all of these asbestosis symptoms are present, it is important to seek medical attention immediately. Though there is no known cure for this lung condition, there are several treatment options available to relieve symptoms.

Your doctor may recommend medications and inhalers as well as diet and lifestyle changes so that you are still able to enjoy normal day-to-day activities. Asbestosis, when left unattended by a medical professional, can lead to serious lung or heart failure, so if you’ve ever been exposed to asbestos, best to see your doctor as soon as you identify the presence of asbestosis symptoms.

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