Asbestosis is a chronic (long-term) lung condition caused by prolonged exposure to asbestos.
Breathing in asbestos fibres may eventually scar the lungs of some people, which can lead to several symptoms, including:
shortness of breath – this may only occur after physical activity at first, but it can eventually become a more constant problem :
-a persistent cough
-fatigue (extreme tiredness)
-in more advanced cases, clubbed (swollen) fingertips
Nowadays, most people who are diagnosed with asbestosis were exposed many years ago, before there were effective controls on exposure to asbestos fibres in the workplace.