What are the earliest signs of asbestos exposure?

On Behalf of | May 4, 2023 | asbestos

Every occupation has its share of risks and hazards. But not all occupation-related hazards are created equal. Exposure to asbestos, for instance, can turn your life upside down. 

Asbestos is a highly toxic mineral that causes mesothelioma – an incurable form of cancer. If you are diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may be eligible for benefits through a mesothelioma claim. 

Who is at risk of asbestos exposure?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring substance, albeit in low levels in the air, water and soil. This means that most people get in contact with asbestos at some point in life. However, regular exposure to this substance can lead to asbestos-related illnesses. That said, the following groups of workers are at a greater risk of asbestos exposure and, thus, are likely to develop asbestos-related infections:

  • Shipbuilders
  • Asbestos miners and millers
  • Asbestos textile manufacturers
  • Demolition workers
  • Drywall removers

One way you can know you have been exposed to dangerous levels of asbestos is when you are diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease like mesothelioma. Here are some of the earliest signs of asbestos exposure that you need to be aware of:

Breathing problems

As tiny asbestos fibers accumulate in the lungs over time, they can cause inflammation and scarring of the lungs. As you develop mesothelioma over time, you may experience breathing problems. And as the disease progresses, you may develop wheezing even when you are not asthmatic. This is indicative of an inflamed lung. 

Extreme fatigue

Unexplained fatigue can be a sign that you are developing mesothelioma. This is especially true when your fatigue is accompanied by other symptoms like breathing difficulty, persistent cough, loss of weight and build-up of fluid in the lungs. 

Protecting your rights

Being diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness can be devastating. Learning more about mesothelioma claims can help you safeguard your rights and interests while filing a mesothelioma claim.