Side effects of asbestos exposure mirror those of many other lung-related health issues. Additionally, such side-effects may not become apparent for many years, long after a person has repeatedly been exposed to asbestos.
Symptoms and side-effects associated with asbestos exposure include, but may not be limited to, the following:
- Chest pain;
- Chest tightness;
- Shortness of breath;
- Persistent cough that progresses over time;
- Coughing up blood;
- Difficulty swallowing;
- Loss of appetite;
- Swelling around the neck or face; and
- Weight loss.
It is important to remember that the side effects of asbestos exposure may vary from person to person. The amount and length of asbestos exposure, a person’s age, and pre-existing medical conditions may all impact how severe side effects can be. For example, if a person suffers from asthma or other respiratory illnesses, the side effects of asbestos exposure may be more severe. Likewise, a person who has been exposed to asbestos for decades may experience more severe side effects than a person who has been exposed to asbestos for a few years. Because every person’s situation is different, a thorough medical evaluation will be necessary to determine the extent and severity of asbestos exposure.
However, while medical testing can detect asbestos fibers in a person’s lungs, urine, mucus, or feces, such testing will not be able to determine the amount of asbestos a person has been exposed to. As such, it is crucial that individuals who believe they have been exposed to asbestos are aware of what symptoms and side effects to look out for when determining if asbestos exposure has caused a serious medical condition like mesothelioma.