Common Radon Poisoning Symptoms
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Radon poisoning is one of the most prominent causes of lung cancer in America, second only to smoking. In fact, according to the Surgeon General’s National Health Advisory, millions of American have their homes infiltrated by this harmful gas, which kills over 20,000 people each year. Many home and business owners are completely unaware about this deadly threat and the symptoms it causes. AdvantaClean’s professional radon specialists are here to inform you about the significant detrimental health effects of Radon and how you should best go about keeping it out of your home.
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About Radon & Poisoning Symptoms
Radon is a naturally occurring gas produced by naturally-decaying uranium. This decay is found in nearly all rocks and soils and most often, it travels into the home from the ground via tiny cracks. This gas is also known to infiltrate homes through building materials and well water. Usually, it travels upward from the ground and into the air in your home, becoming trapped and accumulating over time. Once trapped, it continues to build and starts to harm the health of your home’s inhabitants. Radon is a tasteless, odorless, invisible, and harmful gas that typically doesn’t present its symptoms right away.
Common symptoms of radon gas poisoning include:
- Chest pains
- Coughing blood
- Difficulty breathing
- Recurring respiratory infections, such as bronchitis or pneumonia
Once the radon gas is breathed in and gets into your lungs, it decays into radioactive particles that break down over time. As the particles continue to decay, they emit tiny energy bursts that can be harmful to your lung’s tissue and contribute to the development of lung cancer. In addition, you should know that radon is also transferable through water and countless people have suffered radon poisoning by drinking radon-infused water. The symptoms associated with radon poisoning via water tend to affect the victim’s digestive system more so than their respiratory system.
Common symptoms of radon water poisoning include:
- Stomach pain
- Digestive issues
- Stomach cancer
The effects of radon poisoning are frequently mistaken for the common cold, although the end results are extremely different. In addition, the levels of radon vary from home to home, which makes this already harmful gas even more frightening. Since radon is nearly impossible to detect on your own, you need a professional radon specialist to test your home for significant levels of radon gas.