16 Signs of Radiation Sickness



NAUSEA AND DIARRHEA: Within 48 hours of mild exposure, vomiting and diarrhoea occur. Severe headaches. Loss of gut’s protective lining exposes body to bacteria causing sepsis

– LOSS OF ENERGY, RAPID HEARTBEAT: Patient feels light-headed and weak. Shortness of breath and dry cough

– INCREASED RISK OF LEUKEMIA, LUNG AND BREAST CANCER: Blood transfusions are a must following exposure. Increased chance of leukemia within two years

– THYROID CANCER: The gland system is at the highest risk of infection. Potassium iodide used to minimise impact of radioactive particles

– IMMUNE SYSTEM BREAKDOWN: Can cause deadly infections. Blood transfusion and antibiotics required for treatment

– FALL IN RED AND WHITE BLOOD CELL COUNT: Radiation halts production of white blood cells, used by the body to fight disease, by destroying bone marrow. Remaining cells work temporarily until they die naturally. Bone-marrow transplants rejuvenate supply of white blood cells

– HORMONES AND GLANDS: Radiation-related illnesses can emerge up to 10 to 15 years after exposure. The body’s hormonal system is particularly sensitive

– BONE CANCER: Radioactive elements gather in bones and bone marrow. Cancer can appear years after exposure

– LOSS OF HAIR AND TEETH: Hair can fall out, teeth can become loose and gums diseased even after mild exposure. Extreme exposure will cause loss of teeth

– INFLAMMATION OF THROAT AND MOUTH: Causes mouth sores and muscle inflammation

– SKIN BURNS AND BRUISING: Radiation causes burns and sores on the skin. Bruising may also appear. Ointments must not be used as treatment

– RADIATION DERMATITIS: Skin reaction can occur two months after exposure. Radiation acne can also appear. Also anaemia, hemorrhaging, bleeding under skin and permanent darkening of skin

– ORGAN DAMAGE: Affects liver, spleen and muscles. Can cause organ shutdown. Ions, known as “free radicals”, enter blood, causing cell death, cancer and mutations

– DIGESTIVE DISORDERS: Radiation can have a long-term impact, causing ulcers in the oesophagus, stomach and intestines

– STERILITY: Minimum exposure causes temporary sterility (not impotence) in males and females. Extreme exposure can cause permanent sterility

– BABY DEFORMITIES AND INCREASED MORTALITY RATE: Pregnant women have increased chance of giving birth to stillborn or deformed babies, or infants with genetic problems. Children can have learning difficulties

– Those who survive six weeks after a single, large dose of radiation to the whole body may generally be expected to recover

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