Skip to main contentSkip to main content



Open all pages about Asbestosis

Symptoms of asbestosis include shortness of breath, a persistent cough, wheezing, extreme tiredness and chest or shoulder pain.

Asbestosis is caused by exposure to asbestos, a building material used in the construction industry, particularly from the 1950s to the 1990s.

Asbestosis is usually diagnosed using an X-ray or CT scan of the lungs, or a test to see how well your lungs are working.

Although asbestosis cannot be cured, there are treatments that can help such as exercises to help improve your breathing.

There are things you can do to help ease the symptoms of asbestosis and lower your chances of getting infections.

Asbestosis is a rare but serious lung condition caused by exposure to asbestos.

Page last reviewed: 31/07/2023
Next review due: 31/07/2026