It can take 20 or 30 years from the time people started breathing in asbestos to the time they first notice symptoms. The lung damage caused by asbestosis is permanent.
Some asbestosis symptoms are:
- Feeling short of breath – at first, people may notice that they are short of breath while exercising or working hard, but people with asbestosis may become short of breath when they are resting.
- Dry cough
- Chest pain
Many symptoms of lung diseases are very similar. If you have any of these symptoms, see your doctor. Your doctor can give you a complete exam that will help find out what is causing your breathing problem. If you have worked with asbestos, it’s important to let your doctor know.