It really depends on the level of radiation. You are technically exposed to radiation everyday; typically not enough to do anything. High enough levels of radiation is known to cause mutations in cells, resulting in cancer.
Now, extreme high levels of radiation exposure over a short period of time (acute) is referred to as radiation poisoning, radiation sickness, or acute radiation syndrome. I could tell you what some of the symptoms are based on an episode in the hit tv series “24,” but I’m going to go ahead and let you know what experts say.
Although rare, intense radiation exposure is extremely detrimental if not fatal. And we measure the absorbed dose with a unit called Gray (Gy). Once you reach 1 Gy, symptoms appear, and when absorption rates rise above 6 Gy, the victim is deamed untreatable and will most likely die within 2 days.
The first signs of the illness is nasua and vomiting followed by fatigue and disorientation. After a brief period of no symptoms, serious symptoms will begin to show: hair loss, bloody vomit and stools, infections, poor wound healing, low blood pressure, and death.
Hope this helped.
Illnesses caused by exposure to radiation is simply referred to as radiation sickness, which can be categorized by severity: acute or chronic. Acute exposure refers to being exposed to a single large dose, while chronic exposure refers to exposure to a series of smaller doses over a period of time. Symptoms include:
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