Burn Pit Exposure: The Symptoms You Need To Know

Burn Pit Exposure: The Symptoms You Need To Know

In many cases, as a veteran, your duty is to protect the health and well-being of others. So, it’s essential to ensure you don’t lose track of your health due to exposure to hazardous materials or toxins during your service. Many veterans suffering from burn pit exposure may not even know it because the symptoms can appear years after the incident.

If you think you might be suffering from burn pit exposure, here are some symptoms you should look for.

Blistering of Nose, Mouth, Ears, and Skin

If you’ve been exposed to burn pits, you may experience blistering of your nose, mouth, ears, or skin. This is caused by the chemicals in the smoke and can be very painful. If you have any of these symptoms, you must see a doctor immediately.

Respiratory Problems

One of the most common symptoms of burn pit exposure is respiratory problems. This can include coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath. More severe cases can lead to bronchitis, pneumonia, and even lung cancer. If you have any of these symptoms, you must see a doctor immediately.

Blood Problems (Thrombocytopenia)

Thrombocytopenia is a condition where you have a low blood platelet count. Platelets help your blood clot, so if you have thrombocytopenia, you may bleed more quickly than usual. You may also get bruised more easily. You may notice that your gums bleed or bruise more quickly than usual. It may take longer to stop bleeding if you have a cut or scrape.

Pulmonary Fibrosis

One of the most common symptoms of burn pit exposure is pulmonary fibrosis. This condition, in which the lungs become scarred and damaged, makes breathing difficult. Several things can cause pulmonary fibrosis, but exposure to toxins is one of the most common triggers. If you have pulmonary fibrosis, you may experience shortness of breath, coughing, fatigue, and weight loss. While there is no cure for this condition, treatments available can help improve your quality of life.


If you’re always tired, it could be a symptom of burn pit exposure. Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms of burn pit exposure, making it hard to get through the day. If you’re struggling with fatigue, talk to your doctor about whether burn pit exposure could be the cause.

Final Thoughts

The Veterans Help Group is dedicated to helping veterans nationwide get the VA benefits they deserve. If you or a loved one suffers from burn pit exposure, we can help. We have a team of experienced VA-accredited advocates and support staff ready to fight for you. 

Contact us today for a free consultation at 855-855-8992.

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