Asbestos Exposure Sy


Asbestos Exposure Symptoms One of the most frightening things about the symptoms of asbestos exposure is that they can appear 10, 20 or even 40 years after an individual has been exposed. When clinical symptoms do become apparent, they may closely resemble those related to other health problems. Asbestos exposure symptoms can vary widely from person to person, depending on how long they were exposed for and how much damage the substance has done to their body. Below are some common symptoms of asbestos exposure: Shortness of breath that gets progressively worse Wheezing Dry cough that worsens over time Chest pain Dry "crackling" sound in the lungs when inhaling or upon examination Unexplained weight loss Loss of appetite General fatigue (anemia) Failure of the right side of the heart, called cor pulmonale Frequent lung infections "Clubbing" of the ends of the fingers and toes Cyanosis, a bluish discoloration of the fingers and lips It is important to understand that being exposed to asbestos does not automatically mean you will develop symptoms of asbestos exposure or get seriously ill. There are a number of factors to be considered in evaluating your risk for asbestos-related health problems. These factors include: How long ago you were exposed to asbestos Where you were exposed (the source) The amount (dose) of asbestos you were exposed to The duration (how long) of your exposure The frequency of your exposure The size, shape ...


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