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What are the first signs of asbestos poisoning?

Asbestos is highly toxic, but it isn’t a typical poison. Along with being microscopic, tasteless and odorless, it has no immediate effects, and victims may not know it’s there for many years or decades—or ever.

The first signs something is wrong may arise decades later, when a person develops asbestosis, mesothelioma or asbestos lung cancer.  Asbestosis is a chronic condition that worsens over time. It’s causes by irritation in the lungs that gradually creates scar tissue, making the lungs less elastic.

The first signs of asbestosis are those you'd expect from a lung problem: shortness of breath, coughing, chest pain and chest tightness. Since these problems are so common, they may at first be mistaken for a more common disease or even ordinary aging.
An odder effect of asbestosis is what's known as clubbing of the fingernails and toenails. In this condition, the ends of the fingers become swollen and rounded. This condition is associated with long-term oxygen deprivation, so it’s not likely to be a first sign, but is a sign to seek immediate medical attention.

What are the first signs of asbestos poisoning?

Asbestos lung cancer and mesothelioma affect, respectively, the lung and its lining. Their first sings are likely to be coughing, shortness of breath, chest tightness and fatigue. Peritoneal mesothelioma affects the lining of the abdomen, and may first manifest as stomach pain, digestion problems, lack of appetite and fatigue.

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What are the first signs of asbestos poisoning?

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