Asbestosis is a lung disease caused by exposure to the mineral asbestos. Chronic inflammation of lung tissue is the hallmark of asbestosis, which is significantly more common among people who have worked with asbestos in years past.
During that time, there were few, if any, safety precautions to limit workers’ exposure to this toxic mineral.
As a result, people who were regularly in contact with asbestos are at a higher risk of diseases such as asbestosis. Cancer, such as mesothelioma, is yet another disease that people exposed to asbestos may face.
The risk of cancer may also be increased in people who are suffering from asbestosis. Consequently, it is important to recognize and understand the symptoms of asbestosis for proper medical diagnosis and treatment
Signs and Symptoms of Asbestosis
People who have worked with asbestos, and anyone who has been exposed to asbestos in a non-work setting, must be aware of asbestosis symptoms. It is equally important for the family members of such individuals to be aware of the signs and symptoms of asbestosis as well.
The symptoms of asbestosis include:
The slow onset of shortness of breath
Dry-sounding crackles when breathing in
Widening and rounding of the fingers
Respiratory failure (in advanced cases)