If you have been exposed to asbestos in any of its many forms and products, you may be wondering about asbestos exposure symptoms.  With the “incubation” of the asbestos related diseases such as Mesothelioma being 20 to 50 years before signs and symptoms of exposure to asbestos make themselves known, it’s important to know what to watch out for.
Asbestos has been used in almost all phases of the building industry for decades.  It was in everything from wall-board, to cement, to insulation, to any sort of fire-proof material.  It was also in heat resistant gloves, in vinyl style floor coverings, and used to insulate hair dryers and ovens.  It was everywhere.  People who were involved in any of the building trades, People who were involved in the mining of asbestos (it is actually a mined mineral that looks very fibrous), also managed to bring this deadly material home through the asbestos dust that clung to their clothes, which also put their family at risk.

What causes asbestos exposure symptoms?

The problems begin this needle-like mineral dust is inhaled. These microscopic fibers imbed themselves deep inside the lungs. These needle like particles are then worked through the inner lung walls to the outer, and this damage is the start of diseases such as Mesothelioma. The outer layer of the lung tissue is called the Pleura (it’s a membrane that surrounds the lungs), this type of cancer is called Pleural Mesothelioma. When the asbestos is first inhaled, if the needle-like fibers are coughed up, and then swallowed, the same process might take place in the abdomen, where it could develop into Peritoneal Mesothelioma.

Asbestos Exposure Symptoms:

1.)  Cough.
2.)  Pain in the lungs.
3.)  Pain in the chest.
4.)  Hard to breathe
5.)  Coughing up blood.
6.)  Fluid in the lungs.
7.)  Persistent fever.
8.)  Weight loss
9.)  Fatigue.
10.)  High white cell count.
11.)  Insomnia.

People who have Peritoneal Mesothelioma may experience some of the following symptoms:
1.)  Fever.
2.)  Problems with digestion.
3.)  Swelling in their abdominal area.
4.)  Finding a Mass on the abdomen.
5.)  High white cell count.
6.)  Abdominal pain.
7.)  Weight loss.
8.)  Fatigue.
9.)  Weight loss.
10.)  Loss of appetite.
11.)  Insomnia.

With asbestos being used so widely for so long in the 20th century, and because it was most often used in the workplaces, it is thought that over 70% of the people who are being diagnosed with Mesothelioma are men over the age of 55. There have been, however, many cases of asbestos exposure symptoms that occurred from second hand exposure. The fibers which once inhaled can cause mesothelioma made their way back to the workers homes, hitching a ride on the workers clothes and body, where they were inhaled by the worker’s family.  Family members of the asbestos workers have also been at risk of developing asbestos related diseases, and need to be aware of the many asbestos exposure symptoms.

The life expectancy for a patient, who has asbestos related diseases such as mesothelioma, can vary greatly.  This is mainly due to the stage the disease is in when it is first discovered.  Since Mesothelioma takes so long to develop symptoms that might make a person seek medical help, it is often well advanced by the time treatment can begin.  On average, life expectancy ranges from 4 to 18 months after diagnosis, with less than a 10% survival rate after 2 years. The general health of the patient, what treatments they might be eligible for, and what treatments their body is able to tolerate, as well as the location of the disease in the body, all makes a difference in the patients survival rate.

Asbestos exposure symptoms for either type of Mesothelioma often cause great pain and suffering.

Those people victimized by Mesothelioma often find they have no appetite, no energy to do anything physical, and though they are tired, they find it hard to sleep.  Some of the symptoms of asbestos related diseases can be dealt with on a symptom by symptom basis to make the sufferer feel more comfortable.  Doctors can drain some of the fluid build-up, which helps the patient breathe easier.  They can prescribe sleeping medication to help the patient sleep better, and they can prescribe ever changing, and ever increasing dosages of pain medications to help the patient suffer less.

If you or someone you know or love have any asbestos exposure symptoms, especially if they, or a close family member might have been in regular contact with asbestos through mining, or any of the building trades, strongly encourage them to see a doctor.  When they do, especially if they choose to see a family Doctor, have them ask their doctor to rule out Mesothelioma.  This forces the doctor to look for it, and so they will have a much better chance of finding it as early as possible.  It can be found through X-ray, CAT scan, MRI, and by having a biopsy taken. When the diagnosis is made early, some of the complications and discomfort the patient experiences can be limited.

If you are diagnosed with mesothelioma, or any asbestos related diseases, you are entitled to asbestos compensation.  This is because the companies that were producing the asbestos and all of the products that contained asbestos knew of the dangers for decades, and yet went right on selling their products.  Contact a lawyer that specializes in asbestos compensation lawsuits right away if you have any asbestos exposure symptoms.

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If you have been exposed in some way to asbestos fibers or asbestos dust, you may be wondering about asbestos exposure symptoms.  First a bit of background.

What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a group of minerals that occur naturally as thin separable fibers, looking more like a white or colored woody fiber then a mineral.  It has been mined since the late 1800′s, and used extensively as a building material up until the mid-1980’s when it was banned in most developed countries.  It was used because it was a great insulator against electricity, it is fire resistant, it is heat resistant, and chemical resistant.

Where was asbestos used?

Asbestos was used in cement to make it stronger, plastics to make them stronger, insulation material, fireproofing material, and soundproofing material.  It was used in the auto parts industry to make friction plates used in clutch plates and brake pads and liners. The maritime industry used it extensively in ship building in the insulation of the boilers, and the insulation for all of the steam and hot water pipes. The building industry used asbestos extensively in the manufacture of floor tiles and floor covering, ceiling tiles, blown and blanket insulation, paint products and plaster-style wallboard.

Prolonged exposure to asbestos fibers can cause several serious health conditions.

1.)  Mesothelioma:  a form of cancer that is very rare, and almost always associated with asbestos exposure.  Mesothelioma is a cancer of the membrane that surrounds the lungs and the abdomen.
2.)  Asbestosis:  An accumulation of asbestos fiber in the lungs that cause scaring and can result in fibrosis.
3.)  Lung Cancer:  Lung cancer is one of the leading causes of death after exposure to asbestos.

Who is most at risk from asbestos exposure?

1.)  Shipyard workers that built ships before the asbestos ban went into effect.
2.)  Shipyard workers that are involved in refitting or retrofitting older ships.
3.)  Construction workers that worked before the asbestos ban went into effect.
4.)  Construction workers involved in renovating or removing older structures.
5.)  Miners involved in the mining of asbestos.
6.)  Factory workers involved in the manufacture of products containing asbestos
7.)  The family members of any of the above people, as they came into long term contact with the asbestos fibers and dust brought home unknowingly by these people.

Asbestos Exposure Symptoms

1.)  Difficult breathing.
2.)  Persistent cough.
3.)  Shortness of breath.
4.)  Pain in the chest.
5.)  Pain in the lungs.
6.)  Weight loss.
7.)  Loss of appetite.
8.)  Insomnia.
9.)  Fever.
10.)  Anemia.
11.)  Night sweats.
12.)  Coughing up blood.
13.)  Fatigue.
14.)  High white cell count.

Having one or more of these asbestos exposure symptoms does not mean you have an asbestos related disease.

The only way to know is to have yourself checked by a qualified doctor.  You will probably have to take an X-ray, or a CAT scan, which would show signs of disease.  After that it would probably be verified with a biopsy.   The asbestos exposure symptoms often cause great pain and suffering.  Those people victimized by Mesothelioma often find they have no appetite, no energy to do anything physical, and though they are tired, they find it hard to sleep.

Some of the asbestos exposure symptoms can be dealt with on a symptom by symptom basis to make the sufferer feel more comfortable.  Doctors can drain some of the fluid build-up, which helps the patient breathe easier.  They can prescribe sleeping medication to help the patient sleep better, and they can prescribe ever changing, and ever increasing dosages of pain medications to help the patient suffer less.

Visiting the physician once you are aware of any asbestos exposure symptoms could not just prolong, but possibly even save your life.

If you are diagnosed with mesothelioma, or any asbestos related diseases, you are entitled to compensation.  This is because the companies that were producing the asbestos and all of the products that contained asbestos knew of the dangers for decades, and yet went right on selling their products.  Contact a lawyer that specializes in asbestos compensation lawsuits right away.

Remember, if you have any asbestos exposure symptoms see a doctor right away.

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