Asbestos also promotes pleurisy.
Note that asbestos also increases the risk of pleurisy or inflammation of the pleura. This condition as well results in acute chest pain, worsening during deep breathing or coughing. Due to inflammation, the two layers do not slide as normally one of the other, the movements become painful. Shortness of breath, fever, chills, dry cough and general malaise complete the picture.
However, unlike the pleural cancer diagnosis of pleurisy is easy because the noise made by rubbing the leaves against each other is characteristic and identifiable with a stethoscope.
Tobacco and pneumothorax
Going back to smoking, it also represents a risk factor for another disease of the lungs: pneumothorax. It is this time of effusion of air into the pleura, inside the double layer, which can push the lung. Indeed, if the air does not drain, it creates pressure on the lung. It follows a pain acute chest on deep inspiration and during coughing, and difficulty breathing, including shortness of breath. The diagnosis of pneumothorax is increased by detecting the noise of shortness of breath.