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Cold, phlegm at the back of throat, pricking sensation in chest. Due to breathing asbestos fibers?

I think I might have breathed in asbestos fibers where I was working. About 2 to 3 weeks after I was exposed I got what felt like a cold 3 weeks on from the cold I am left with excess phlem at the back of my throat and I keep getting pin and needle like feeling on the left hand side of my chest but it is fairly mild not painful. Im worried it might be asbestos on my lungs.
Asked On : Sat, 3 Nov 2012
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Yes it can be asbestos exposure but generally asbestos exposure doesnt cause a chest infection so fast.
It needs a lot of exposure to asbestos to get a pleural effusion and pricking sensation while breathing
However a cold can result as asbestos can give rise to allergy and inflammation in the upper airways
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