5 Signs That You Are Infected From Asbestos
Perhaps the most important thing human beings do every single minute is breathing. It’s so simple and easy that we do it without realizing it. It’s natural, makes us feel good, and keeps us alive. But when breathing starts to get ragged and chest pains become an everyday occurrence, the precious breaths we take in and out begin to become the only thing we can think of.
A more common cause of thoracic weakening and failure is due to asbestos. It is a chronic lung disease that results from asbestos fibers adhering to the lung tissue and tunnels of alveoli, scarring and stiffening the lung, making contracting (breathing) that much more difficult and uncomfortable. Those who are at a greater risk of having such a condition are those who have been exposed to construction and installation type jobs, mining, milling, engineering, etc. People who smoke also expedite the process because smoke further aggravates the thoracic cavity and lungs.
There are five common signs that indicate a person is infected with asbestos exposure. It is important to remember that these symptoms will appear and become a real problem a couple decades past initial exposure. Most cases of this disease are in middle-aged patients. Here are common indicators to not take lightly:
5. Clubbing of Fingers and Toes
Your hands can tell stories. Nails especially. Several studies have linked nail and finger abnormalities with a variety of lung and heart diseases. Clubbing is caused when the tissue beneath your finger nails thicken and harden, causing the nails to round out and protrude in a bulbous fashion. If this nail look is unfamiliar to you, (it may also be a hereditary trait), seek out medical assistance because it could determine moderate to severe health implications.
4. Persistent Dry Cough
Because the asbestos fibers are latching themselves to the lining of your lungs and alveoli, the lungs are losing their ability to properly function: inhale, exhale, produce mucus, etc. With this lack of a mucus membrane to protect the lungs, a dry cough results.
3. Moderate to Extreme Fatigue
Fatigue is a tricky symptom to catch. It could be a temporary problem due to present stress, work, or sleeping habits. The first thing a person thinks about when they get fatigued is not cancer. But if the fatigue is persistent, unusual for the person, this could be indicative of a more unfortunate circumstance.
2. Shortness of Breath
Same with fatigue, this symptom can be difficult to diagnose as an actual problem. Everyone gets short of breath, whether it’s from completing a mile run or climbing the stairs. But it is important to remember the differing degrees of persistence, activity, and usual routines. Having shortness of breath is indicative of more than just lung issues.
1. Chest Tightness or Pain
Perhaps the most severe symptom to have is chest pain and chest tightening. The problem does not necessarily mean you have a heart problem or are having a heart attack. It can range from heart to lung to stomach, etc. It could also indicate muscle strains and anxiety. The reason why it is a symptom of asbestos exposure is because overworking of the lungs to do their job is causing strain and irritation to the entire thoracic system. When you are struggling to breathe, even just a little bit, your body immediately feels the strain. Whatever you think is the cause of chest pain, do not ignore it.
It is an unfortunate thing to have to develop this lung disease so many years after initial exposure because it was unknowingly left untreated. There are a few important and realistic symptoms to be aware of to ensure you are taken complete care of. If you think something is awry, don’t hesitate for assistance, especially if you think your line of work permitted exposure. Stay proactive and aware of how your body normally operates. Look out for your lungs and they will take care of you.