Asbestosis and Mesothelioma

Symptoms for Asbestosis and Mesothelioma

Breathing in asbestos dust can scar the lungs, which can lead to:

  • shortness of breath, and
  • a Cough.

These symptoms usually begin many years after the initial exposure to asbestos. In most cases, the symptoms do not become apparent until 15 to 30 years after exposure.

Swollen fingers, known as finger clubbing, is a less common sign of asbestosis. It is usually associated with more advanced cases.

A patient with mesothelioma usually begins showing symptoms 15 to 50 years after their exposure to asbestos. The cancer may take decades to develop in the body and symptoms do not arise until after the cancer is present. Common early symptoms of mesothelioma include:

  • fatigue,
  • coughing,
  • shortness of breath, and
  • reduced respiratory function.

Many patients are unaware they have developed mesothelioma or the severity of their condition as mesothelioma symptoms typically resemble symptoms of less serious illnesses and occur so long after the initial exposure.

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