Radon: An Invisible Poison

Posted on January 5, 2017 by Gerry

Wherever you go today, you will face a constant attack of pollution; not only from air, but also  from water and noise. There are almost as many types of air pollution as there are potential  solutions. No matter what type of air purification system you’re looking for, you should know that  there is not one product on the market today that can solve every problem.

In order to find out which type of air purification solution is the most suitable for you. It is  therefore necessary for you to understand the different types of air pollution, especially those you cannot see. One of these is radon.

Radon is a completely odorless, tasteless and the colorless gas, and is the  heaviest of all known gasses. It is caused by the radioactive breakdown of uranium inside the  earth. When radon is cooled below freezing, it turns a brilliant phosphorescent shade of yellow,  which turns orange-red as it gets colder. Radon is also the second leading cause of lung cancer.  Smoking exacerbates the affects of radon. Radon is found all around us, in our homes, our yards and  the world around us.

Radon poisoning can occur where there are high concentrations of radon gas. This typically occurs in areas with poor ventilation, such as underground mines, crawl spaces, or basements in homes or buildings. Scientists first identified that underground uranium miners were being exposed to radon and dying of lung cancer at very high rates. Since radon originates in the soil through its decaying process, it also gives off tiny radioactive particles that can be inhaled into the lungs. These radioactive particles can then cause damage to the lungs, possibly resulting in lung cancer. What are the symptoms of Radon poisoning? Since radon is the #2 cause of lung cancer in the U.S., respiratory ailments are the most likely signs of radon-related distress. These include difficulty breathing, chest pains, the coughing up of blood, wheezing, hoarseness and recurring respiratory infections such as pneumonia or bronchitis. In some cases, long-term exposure to radon can lead to lung cancer, the only cancer proven to be associated with inhaling radon — between 15,000 and 22,000 lung cancer deaths occur in the U.S. each year according to the National Cancer Institute. Therefore, it is extremely important that you seek medical help as soon as possible if you begin to experience these warning symptoms.

The best solution to this form of pollution is to first of all test your  home (a simple test is available at most hardware stores) and then to seal all cracks and openings  in your home’s foundation. If the problem merits it, you may need to have a certified contractor  install a ventilation system inside your home.

If you have been exposed to radon and now suffer from radon poisoning, you can make sure others know of your condition. You can look at obtaining a medical bracelet identifying respiratory issues, which may be exacerbated by radon.

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