If you believe you have asbestosis, there are a few things you must do right away. First of all, it is imperative that you see a medical professional to properly diagnose your condition, to find out if you indeed have a confirmed case of asbestosis.
Asbestosis is not easily diagnosed and will need an array of blood tests that can take several weeks before results are conclusively arrived at. Once you have confirmed that you indeed have asbestosis, the next most important step you must undertake is identify where you might have been exposed to asbestos.
Since asbestos causes asbestosis, it is very important that you know the source of your asbestos poisoning. This is important because there are many different types of asbestosis that can cause different diseases. There are asbestos exposures that result in mesothelioma and then there are asbestos exposure that result in asbestosis. You have to identify which one affected you and knowing the source will tremendously help.
Your medical practitioner will also extensively try to figure out the same from you, as a treatment plan will depend a lot on your medical history.
As a further step when you have been diagnosed with asbestosis, it is extremely crucial that you give up on cigarettes or tobacco or other injurious products that put your lungs at risk. This is because smoking and other tobacco products like chewing tobacco greatly increase the risk of cancerous growth that will aid asbestosis cancer cells that are already active in your body.
As a last measure, you must also try to seek legal redress if you believe you were a victim of asbestos poisoning as a result of negligence on part of your employer. There have been many known cases where employers didn’t enforce asbestos exposure safety protocols that could have otherwise saved you from becoming a victim of asbestosis in the first place, like you are now.