Radiation poisoning, also called "radiation sickness", is a form of damage to organic tissue due to excessive exposure to ionizing radiation. The term is generally used to refer to acute problems caused by a large dosage of radiation in a short period. Many of the symptoms of radiation poisoning occur as ionizing radiation interferes with cell division. This interference causes particular problems for cells that normally divide rapidly, such as those lining the gastrointestinal tract.


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Radiation sickness Symptoms

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Signs and symptoms
... The signs and symptoms of radiation sickness may include: Nausea and vomiting Diarrhea Skin burns (radiodermatitis) Weakness Fatigue Loss of appetite Fainting Dehydration Inflammation (swelling, redne...
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... Exposure to large doses of penetrating (ionizing) radiation causes radiation sickness. The condition can be chronic or acute: Chronic radiation sickness. Chronic radiation sickness may take several da...
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Radiation sickness Prevention

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... Avoiding exposure to large amounts of radiation is the only way to prevent radiation sickness. The condition develops only after you''ve been exposed to extremely high doses of radiation, such as by a...
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Radiation sickness Treatment

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... Large doses of radiation can cause extensive damage to your cells and result in cell death. For example, radiation therapy uses large doses of radiation to kill cells in tumors. With exposure to small...
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... No treatment can reverse the effects of radiation exposure. Treatment for radiation sickness is designed to help relieve its signs and symptoms. Doctors may use anti-nausea drugs and painkillers to re...
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