Asbestos Exposure: Symptoms that Indicate You May Have Asbestos Exposure Poisoning

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Asbestos Exposure: The Hidden Dangers Can Lead to Mesothelioma Cancer
Mesothelioma and other lung-related conditions have been directly linked to asbestos exposure. Laws have been put in place to restrict and get rid of asbestos. However, people have continued to be at risk of unavoidable asbestos exposure and asbestos-related diseases. Exposure to asbestos ranges from brief exposure to long-term exposure.

How much asbestos exposure is dangerous?
The Occupational Safety and Health Commission set a relatively permissible asbestos exposure limit of 0.1 fiber per cubic centimeter for workers in asbestos-related industries. However, the commission together with the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety reports that all levels of asbestos exposure pose a significant risk of asbestos-related complications.

Whether asbestos exposure will or will not cause a complication depends on the amount of asbestos and duration of exposure. Also, asbestos exposure combined with smoking increases the risk of asbestos poisoning by a significant percentage.

There are conflicting reports on whether a one-time asbestos exposure can pose significant risks. Some sources say that a single case of exposure should not raise an alarm while other sources report cases of mesothelioma after a single incidence of exposure.

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Asbestos Exposure: Children and Cancer Symptoms
For children, even a small amount of asbestos can pose a dangerous risk. Children are prone to second-hand asbestos exposure when parents, family or friends who work in asbestos-related industries go home with asbestos fibers on their clothing. Children are also exposed to asbestos in schools that have buildings that were constructed using asbestos materials. Asbestos exposure to children is far worse than adults as the latency period is shorter and the complications are harder to diagnose and treat.

Signs and symptoms of asbestos exposure
In most instances, symptoms of asbestos exposure take about ten to fifty years to appear. Most of the symptoms are related to asbestosis, lung cancer or mesothelioma.

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Asbestosis: What is it?
Asbestosis occurs as a result of scarring of the lung tissue caused by asbestos fibers. Signs and symptoms of asbestosis include:

• Chest pain
• Shortness of breath
• Persistent dry cough
• Wheezing
• Finger clubbing
• Chest tightness
• Blue discoloration of the fingertips and lips

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Lung cancer
The risk of lung cancer in asbestos exposure increases significantly in smokers. Asbestos-related lung cancer is similar to lung cancer attributed to other causes. Signs and symptoms of lung cancer include:
• A persistent and worsening productive cough
• Blood in sputum
• Chest pain aggravated by deep breathing, coughing, laughing, sneezing
• Fatigue
• Shortness of breath
• Wheezing
• Unexplained weight loss
• Frequent pneumonia and bronchitis infections

Mesothelioma Cases
80% of mesothelioma cases are attributed to asbestos exposure. Signs and symptoms of mesothelioma depend on the area of the body affected. They include

Pleural mesothelioma
• Chest pains
• Cough
• Shortness of breath
• Pleural effusion
• Fatigue

Peritoneal mesothelium
• Abdominal pain
• Ascites (abdominal swelling)
• Loss of appetite
• Unintended weight loss
• Abdominal cramps
• Nausea and vomiting

Pericardial mesothelioma
• Chest pain
• Shortness of breath
• Dry cough
• Tiredness
• Pericardial effusion
• Heart murmurs

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If you have any symptoms indicated above and a history of asbestos exposure, you should seek expert advice and have chest X-rays, CT scans and checkups every three to five years.

To lower the dangers of asbestos exposure related complications:
• Employers should adhere to the Permissible asbestos Exposure Limit (PEL)
• Use personal protective equipment at the workplace
• Avoid damaging or disturbing asbestos-containing material at home.

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