Knowing When to get Help
Radon poisoning is one of the leading causes of lung cancer, only falling short to smoking. Many people are not aware of the dangers that Radon gas pose, as well as signs and symptoms that go along with Radon poisoning. Radon symptoms resemble those of lung cancer symptoms. They should be treated similarly and taken seriously. Knowing the symptoms could end up saving a life.
Radon poisoning symptoms are as follows: a persistent cough that does not get better, difficulty breathing, chest pains, the coughing up of blood, wheezing, hoarseness, and recurring respiratory infections, such as pneumonia or bronchitis. These symptoms come from inhaling and breathing air contaminated with Radon gas.
If you drink water with Radon in it, however, the symptoms will be much more directed to the stomach. Stomach pain, cramps, and digestive issues will result from Radon gas in the water. These symptoms may also lead to stomach cancer. These specific symptoms would be caused from ingesting the contaminated water. Like the buildup of the particles that come with Radon-infused air in the lungs, the particles and Radon will buildup in the stomach as well. Radon in water and the symptoms that follow are not at all as common as inhaling Radon gas, however, the knowledge of the symptoms is valuable to the homeowner and family.
The largest contributor to high indoor Radon gas levels is the breakdown of radiation through the soil. The levels of Radon are different for everyone, which makes this gas even more frightening. Indirect exposure to this much radiation is extremely dangerous to the body. Radon gas is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. This is due to unintentional exposure. It is harmful when exposed this way, and the symptoms are very similar to a bad cold. The risk of someone experiencing these symptoms double if that person also smokes. Smoking can cause the same symptoms, however, they might not be as extreme. Even though they might be benign, getting checked by a doctor is extremely beneficial. Confusing the symptoms and shaking them off as not important might be a mistake that could cost a life. People might also see these symptoms in a home or building with poor ventilation. Which, unsurprisingly, is where Radon gas loves to linger making the poorly ventilated air dangerous.
These symptoms often go unnoticed, however. Radon gas is such a stealthy health hazard, that many times people are not aware they have high levels of it in their homes until they are diagnosed with lung cancer. If you are experiencing these symptoms, though, it is time for you to test the home. The levels will indicate whether the home is at risk for Radon poisoning. Lung cancer is the only known cancer proven to be linked to the inhalation of Radon gas. The symptoms related to Radon poisoning look a lot like the common chest cold, with the coughing and chest pain. However, the long-term effects are much, much different. Symptoms should always be taken seriously and checked with a doctor if they progress. Every second counts when Radon poisoning is involved.