What are three symptoms you would experience if you are exposed to asbestos?


  • Shortness of breath.
  • A persistent, dry cough.
  • Loss of appetite with weight loss.
  • Fingertips and toes that appear wider and rounder than normal (clubbing)
  • Chest tightness or pain.

How long after inhaling asbestos do symptoms appear?

It can take 20 to 30 years before symptoms appear.

What are the three 3 primary diseases associated with asbestos exposure?

Exposure to asbestos can increase the risk of developing:

  • Lung cancer.
  • Asbestosis, which causes permanent lung damage.
  • Mesothelioma, a rare cancer of the chest and stomach lining.
  • Cancer of the gastrointestinal tract, kidney and throat (larynx or oropharynx).
  • Scarring of the lung lining.

What are side effects of asbestos exposure?

How are asbestos-related diseases detected?

  • Shortness of breath, wheezing, or hoarseness.
  • A persistent cough that gets worse over time.
  • Blood in the sputum (fluid) coughed up from the lungs.
  • Pain or tightening in the chest.
  • Difficulty swallowing.
  • Swelling of the neck or face.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Weight loss.

How can you tell if you have breathed in asbestos?

The most common signs of asbestos exposure include shortness of breath, cough and chest pain. Pleural plaques are a sign that a person had enough exposure to be at risk of other diseases. They may develop prior to mesothelioma or lung cancer.

Is there a blood test for asbestos exposure?

There is no blood test currently available that determines if a person had asbestos exposure. However, some new blood tests show promise that they could detect mesothelioma years before a patient would exhibit symptoms.

Can you be tested for asbestos exposure?

To diagnose diseases associated with asbestos, doctors may use a variety of lung tests. Imaging tests, including chest X-rays or computerized tomography (CT) scans, can help your doctor spot changes in your lungs. Your doctor may also ask you to blow big breaths into a machine to see how well your lungs are working.

How do I know if I’ve been exposed to asbestos?