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What are the symptoms of radiation exposure?

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The most common early symptoms of radiation sickness are the same as for many other illnesses -- nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. They can start within minutes of exposure, but they may come and go for several days. If you have these symptoms after a radiation emergency, you should seek medical help as soon as it's safe to do so.

You might also have skin damage, like a bad sunburn, or get blisters or sores. Radiation may also damage the cells that make hair, causing your hair to fall out. In some cases, hair loss might be permanent.

From: What Is Radiation Sickness? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Radiation Effects Research Commission: "Frequently Asked Questions."

Garau, M. , July 2011. Reports of Practical Oncology and Radiotherapy

U.S. Atomic Energy Commission: "Medical Effects of Atomic Bombs."

World Health Organization.

International Atomic Energy Agency.

Health Physics Society: "Doses from Medical X-Ray Procedures."

The Mayo Clinic: "Radiation Sickness."

Baverstock, K. , May 2006. Environmental Health Perspectives

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on October 28, 2018

SOURCES:

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Radiation Effects Research Commission: "Frequently Asked Questions."

Garau, M. , July 2011. Reports of Practical Oncology and Radiotherapy

U.S. Atomic Energy Commission: "Medical Effects of Atomic Bombs."

World Health Organization.

International Atomic Energy Agency.

Health Physics Society: "Doses from Medical X-Ray Procedures."

The Mayo Clinic: "Radiation Sickness."

Baverstock, K. , May 2006. Environmental Health Perspectives

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on October 28, 2018

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