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How long does it take for asbestos exposure?
Last Updated: 26th June, 2020
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Also asked, can a one time exposure to asbestos be harmful?
One-time asbestos exposure generally is not a serious risk, except in extreme circumstances where toxic dust clouds the air. Asbestos-related diseases are usually caused by months or years of regular workplace exposure.
Similarly, what should I do if I was exposed to asbestos? Most people do not develop serious or life-threatening lung disease as a result of exposure to asbestos. You should always seek medical advice if you have symptoms like coughing, feeling short of breath or chest pain. Talk to your GP about: any past or present jobs with an asbestos risk.
Then, how long does it take for mesothelioma to develop after exposure to asbestos?
Unfortunately, mesothelioma has a latency period, meaning it takes a long time to develop. Clinical mesothelioma symptoms usually do not begin to manifest until 15 to 70 years after asbestos exposure. For this reason, mesothelioma is exceptionally rare in individuals younger than the age of 45.
Are there any immediate symptoms of asbestos exposure?
Asbestos exposure does not cause immediate symptoms in most patients. In general, it takes at least 5 years to manifest symptoms—and in many cases, symptoms will not become apparent until decades after exposure.