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What are symptoms of dust disease and asbestosis?

Symptoms of dust diseases such as asbestosis and silicosis usually develop over a long period of time. For example, symptoms of asbestosis may not occur until 20 to 30 years after exposure to asbestos. This is because symptoms are caused by built-up scarring of the lung tissue, which disrupts normal lung contraction and expansion. Symptoms of asbestosis include:
 
-  shortness of breath, which can worsen with time
-  chronic cough or chest pain
-  clubbed or deformed fingers
 
Likewise, silicosis symptoms may not occur for years after initial exposure. However, some people can experience an initial cough. People with silicosis usually experience breathing difficulties with physical exertion which can progressively worsen to the point where they have breathing difficulties at rest. Silicosis symptoms also include weight loss, fatigue, or a cough that produces phlegm.

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