Asbestos Skin Problems

By Allison Boyer

Asbestos is a material that was once used in almost every industry. Today, however, we know that asbestos fibers can cause extremely serious problems, including cancer. Although asbestos most commonly causes problems in the lungs, it can also cause both minor and serious dermatological problems. If you've been exposed to asbestos, it is important to talk to a doctor right away about potential risks.

Asbestos Warts

When fibers of asbestos become lodged in the skin, the body will try to heal by growing over the fiber, trapping it under the skin. These callous-like warts continue to grow until treated.

Itching

One of the first signs that your skin may have come into contact with asbestos is itching. Asbestos causes the skin to become irritated because of its sharp, thin fibers.

Rash

If the asbestos isn't washed off the skin quickly, it can cause a rash due to the itching. The rash typically will go away without treatment as long as the asbestos exposure ends.

Skin Problems Around Organs

Asbestos warts that form around major organs can have serious side effects. As these masses grow, they push on the organs and can pinch nerves and disrupt blood flow.

Skin Transfer

When your skin is exposed to asbestos, you can easily transfer these fibers to the air, other surfaces and your food. This increases the risk that you or those around you will breath in or swallow the asbestos, which can cause serious lung, heart and digestive problems, including cancer.

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