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10 Symptoms Of Radiation Sickness

Gavon Laessig

The nuclear emergency in Japan is constantly on the increase. Dangerous stages of radiation are leaking from the earthquake-damaged reactors at Fukushima Dai-ichi and occurrences are terrifying at other power plants. Those working to contain the meltdowns or living close by are at the biggest risk. Here is what radiation sickness looks like.

10 Symptoms Of Radiation Sickness

  • 1. Nausea And Vomiting

    The earliest symptoms of Acute Radiation Syndrome (ARS) are nausea and disorientation. If you start vomiting within an hour of exposure this implies a massive dose of radiation, making it far likelier you will die without medical treatment.

  • 2. Bruising And Inability To Heal Wounds

    Radiation depletes clot-forming platelets in the blood, leading to severe bruising and wounds that won’t heal. In certain cases, this manifests as purpura, discolored patches caused by bleeding beneath the skin (pictured above).

  • 3. Bleeding Out Of Orifices

    Also due to the body’s inability to clot, you may bleed spontaneously from the nose, mouth and rectum.

  • 4. Bloody Diarrhea And Vomit

    Similar symptoms as above, different cause. Radiation depletes the cells of the intestinal wall and stomach. This irritates the stomach and intestines, leading to bloody vomit and stool.

  • 5. Radiation Burns

    Clinically known as cutaneous radiation syndrome, or CRS, the first sign is itching. Exposed skin may then turn red, blister, develop open sores and slough off.

  • 6. Hair Loss

    Radiation damages hair follicles, which could lead to rapid hair loss.

  • 7. Headaches, Weakness And Fatigue

    Due to anemia from the loss of blood cells, weakness and fainting may occur. Also leads to hypotension, or extremely low blood pressure.

  • 8. Mouth Sores

    Ulcers in and around the mouth, a visible manifestation of ulcers all along the esophagus and digestive tract.

  • 9. Seizures And Tremors

    Intense and prolonged exposure to radiation can impair the central nervous system. This can lead to a general lack of muscle coordination and seizures.

  • 10. Fever And Infections

    What will ultimately kill someone suffering from radiation sickness. Radiation destroys bone marrow and white blood cells, leading to increased risk of bacterial, viral and fungal infections.

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  1. We can say it is already here but will get much worse, the plumes of radioactive smoke off the coast of Japan are in the wind current mankind has done this to himself. Whom ever thought of nuclear power plants in the first place was insane. Cause and effect humans have caused such terrible problems to this earth polluted rivers, oceans world wide. Trash littering ever roadside, fertilizers washing off into every major river and steam which flow into the oceans. Covering the earth with cement for their cities and malls for greed. Destroying acres of land in which where the homes of wildlife. Cutting down forest for farm land because of greed from land owners and over consumption, the list goes on and on so we are going to reap the effects of are destruction.

    • you are exactly correct. with all this massive overconsumption since the end of ww2 the earth and society are imploding all around us.

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