Radiation Sickness

Friday, August 21, 2015

Radiation sickness is illness and symptoms resulting from excessive exposure to high-dose radiation. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about radiation sickness in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Radiation sickness is damage to your body caused by a large dose of radiation often received over a short period of time.

Common exposures to low-dose radiation, such as X-ray or CT examinations, dont cause radiation sickness.

Radiation sickness occurs when high-energy radiation damages or destroys certain cells in your body.

The initial signs and symptoms of treatable radiation sickness are usually nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, headache and fever.

After the first round of signs and symptoms, a person with radiation sickness may have a brief period with no apparent illness, followed by the onset of more serious symptoms, such as dizziness and disorientation, fatigue and weakness, hair loss, and bloody vomit and stools.

In general, the greater your radiation exposure, the more rapid and more severe your symptoms will be.

If you know youve been exposed to radiation, seek emergency medical care.

Although radiation sickness is serious and often fatal, its rare. Most cases of radiation sickness have occurred after nuclear industrial accidents.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.