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Skin rashes could be a sign of asbestos exposure

Readers of this blog are likely aware of the fact that people with asbestos-related illnesses often experience few or no symptoms of their condition until the disease has already done considerable damage. Additionally, the symptoms that do arise can easily be mistaken for signs of other illnesses and patients are misdiagnosed.

However, this is not to say that asbestos exposure is always undetectable. In fact, some people may develop a skin rash soon after they come into contact with the toxic material. This may be the case for at least one man who apparently developed a serious rash after he performed work in a building that he says contained asbestos.

The man, who has chosen to remain anonymous, says that he was working in a building to set up a Halloween party in a warehouse. He spent an entire day working in the warehouse, which had been partially identified as a site known to be contaminated by dangerous, hazardous materials.

While he was working, the man says he spotted asbestos throughout the building. He noted that he is familiar with what asbestos looks like because of his history of working in construction.

Contact with asbestos could lead to troubling skin rashes, as appears to be the case here. Seeing a doctor can be crucial in documenting the exposure and health problems and making sure treatment can be secured as quickly as possible.

It is not yet known if the contractor, site owner or other parties will be held accountable for any negligence in regards to asbestos in this case. More investigation and research is needed in order to determine whether asbestos on the premises did in fact pose a threat to public safety and who should be held responsible for any negligent exposure.

However, in similar situations where a person is exposed to asbestos on someone else's property, he or she may very well have grounds to take legal action seeking compensation for damages.

Source: Gothamist, "Worker Says He Got Nasty Asbestos Rash While Setting Up Ill-Fated Halloween Superfund Rave," Emma Whitford, Nov. 4, 2015

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