Top Symptoms of Radiation Sickness

Radiation SicknessRadiation sickness is also called Acute Radiation Syndrome (ARS) or radiation toxicity. This syndrome is often caused by the reduction of immature parenchymal stem cells in the body’s specific tissues. The atomic bomb survivors from the Nagasaki and Hiroshima attacks suffered from ARS. But these groups of people are not the only examples of people who suffer from the syndrome. The first respondent firefighters who worked after the 1986 Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant incident also suffered from ARS. People who experienced accidental exposure to sterilization irradiators also suffer from radiation sickness. People who work in nuclear plants have higher chances of suffering from radiation sickness due to their working environment.

The symptoms, as well as the levels of severity, depend on the intensity of the exposure the person suffered. Below are the common symptoms linked to radiation sickness base on intensity according to Mayo Clinic.

Nausea

  • Mild exposure: Within 6 hours
  • Moderate exposure: Within 2 hours
  • Severe exposure: Within 1 hour
  • Very severe exposure: Within 10 minutes

Diarrhea

  • Mild exposure: —
  • Moderate exposure: Within 8 hours
  • Severe exposure: Within 3 hours
  • Very severe exposure: Within 1 hour
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Headache

  • Mild exposure: —
  • Moderate exposure: Within 24 hours
  • Severe exposure: Within 4 hours
  • Very severe exposure: Within 2 hours

Fever

  • Mild exposure: —
  • Moderate exposure: Within 3 hours
  • Severe exposure: Within 1 hour
  • Very severe exposure: Within 1 hour

Dizziness and Disorientation

  • Mild exposure: —
  • Moderate exposure: —
  • Severe exposure: Within 1 week
  • Very severe exposure: Immediate

Weakness, Fatigue

  • Mild exposure: Within 4 weeks
  • Moderate exposure: Within 1-4 weeks
  • Severe exposure: Within 1 week
  • Very severe exposure: Immediate

Hair Loss, Blood In Stool And Vomit; Infections; Low Blood Pressure, Poor Wound Healing

  • Mild exposure: —
  • Moderate exposure: Within 1-4 weeks
  • Severe exposure: Within 1 week
  • Very severe exposure: Immediate

Bone marrow, as well as the gastrointestinal system, are highly susceptible to radiation damage. This is why the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA) was created, to protect nuclear plant workers from the hazards of the job and the working environment. EEOICPA claims are complex and while the workers or their families can file the claims, it is advisable to get representation.

If you are unsure about your claims or you think your conditions fall under some kind of compensation, it is best to contact the authorities right away.

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