Symptoms and Signs
Early symptoms of the disease are
Abnormal lung sounds (on examination) and clubbing of fingers and toes are also indications of asbestosis.
Symptoms are usually very non-specific. They may appear after nearly 20-40 years of exposure. However, in the case of those severely and chronically exposed, the symptoms may surface after 10 years or earlier.
Individuals also differ in their ability to develop the disease. Some of the factors which may influence disease onset include -
- Type of asbestos fibre
- Period of exposure
- Dose of asbestos exposed
- Personal habits, such as smoking
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