Aplastic anemia has been directly linked to exposure to toxins such as benzene. Workers are at the highest risk for benzene related illnesses like aplastic anemia. By reducing the amount of exposure to benzene that occurs, workers can avoid serious instances of illness. Learning to recognize signs and symptoms of various occupational risks can help prevent illnesses and conditions such as aplastic anemia to progress into a more serious problem.
Symptoms of aplastic anemia can sometimes be mistaken for other more common problems. If an individual has been exposed to benzene and experiences the following symptoms, he or she should seek medical treatment:
- Rapid heart rate
- Shortness of breath
- Easy bruising
- Prolonged bleeding
- Frequent infections
Allowing aplastic anemia to progress without being treated can lead to death.
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