We're coming up on allergy season, and it can be difficult to determine if your illness if related to allergies or from asbestos exposure. The symptoms can often be very similar, but we have a few ways to help you determine whether your symptoms are allergy-related or if it could be from asbestos exposure.
You likely just have allergies if you have had seasonal allergies for most of your life. However, if your symptoms are different, it may be a good time to check in with your doctor- especially if you have been exposed to asbestos.
If your symptoms go away with the change of seasons, you likely just have seasonal allergies. If your symptoms do not go away and remain constant, then it could be another illness, possibly caused by asbestos exposure. We recommend consulting a doctor if your symptoms remain.
You should probably see your doctor if you have these lingering symptoms and if you work in a job where asbestos exposure is possible. If your symptoms continue to worsen or stay year-round, then seeing your doctor should be at the top of your list, as you could have an illness caused by asbestos exposure.
If you have seen your doctor recently and were diagnosed with a common cold, seasonal allergies, bronchitis, or other temporary illness, you should be fine. If your symptoms last longer than expected, it is best to see your doctor again for confirmation.
Some common symptoms of asbestos exposure includes:
• Respiratory Illnesses
• Trouble Breathing
• Itchy Eyes