It is a well-known fact that exposure to asbestos can lead to various diseases, some of which are fatal. Asbestos poisoning can occur to anyone who comes in contact with asbestos or asbestos-containing materials. Asbestos poisoning symptoms are mostly seen in those individuals who have come into contact with asbestos too frequently or have been exposed to asbestos for a long period. Asbestos poisoning is mostly caused to those who have been working where they have been constantly coming in contact with asbestos.
Asbestos poisoning symptoms differ from person to person. This is because of various factors. For instance, asbestos poisoning symptoms may not only vary owing to the seriousness of the patient’s condition, medical history, the other diseases the patient may be suffering from, etc, but it also varies greatly based on the nature of the disease caused by asbestos poisoning.
Asbestos poisoning is known to cause various types of diseases, which include mesothelioma, immunological effects asbestosis, pulmonary hypertension, lung cancer, and various other kinds of cancer as well as digestive and respiratory disorders. The symptoms vary from patient to patient suffering from asbestos poisoning greatly, depending on the kind of the disease caused.
In many of these diseases, such as lung cancer, one of the first symptoms of asbestos poisoning is a difficulty in breathing. In fact difficulty in breathing happens to be not only one of the first symptoms, it continues to grow more severe and causes further difficulties to the patient with the progress of the disease.
Just like in all other diseases, the symptoms of asbestos poisoning tend to get more profound and visible with the development of the disease. In many cases it has been found that patients suffering from asbestos poisoning related disease hardly exhibit the related symptoms for many years (that may continue up to about 10 years to even 50 years after being infected). Also, it has been noticed that there are still a vast number of people who hardly know about the symptoms of asbestos poisoning. These factors often tend to make it very difficult to detect asbestos poisoning related diseases at the initial stage.
However, thankfully, due to great advancements in science and technology, it is becoming easier for doctors to locate cancer cells, caused by asbestos poisoning in patients. As soon as a doctor gets even the slightest hint of asbestos poisoning he may suggest an x-ray, followed by a test and as well as a biopsy. It always helps if the patient makes sure to let the doctor know about his/her constant exposure to asbestos at the very beginning, to help the doctor decide if the patient may go for the tests related to asbestos poisoning symptoms or not.