Radon gas is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that poses a grave threat to human health. The gas enters into homes from the ground and also through drinking water from wells. Radon has no color, odor or taste which makes it very hard to detect.
The gas forms as a result of decaying uranium which makes it available in many parts of the world. Unlike other gases that have distinct symptoms of poisoning, it is not easy to tell when you have radon gas poisoning. The gas does not immediately kill or immobilize parts of the body; it slowly accumulates causing long term problems like cancer.
Identifying the symptoms of radon gas poisoning is difficult. There are general symptoms, but they are not unique to radon gas. Everyone breathes in radon in moderate quantities every day. People who smoke have a higher risk of getting lung cancer especially because of the presence of radon gas.
For individuals who do not smoke, you can spend years inhaling radon gas with no immediate symptoms but over time, your likelihood of getting cancer increase. The effects of radon accumulation in the body are slow and lethal, by the time the signs of poisoning begin to show, you already have cancer.
Some of the symptoms of radon poisoning include frequent bouts of pneumonia and bronchitis. When the gas levels are high, wheezing, difficulty breathing, chronic coughs and loss of appetite can indicate poisoning. The only sure way to tell if the gas is present in your house is through testing.
Instead of waiting for symptoms similar to cancer to appear, have your home tested for radon gas to know the exact levels of the gas in the area. Conduct easy tests that you can do yourself or have a more in depth analysis done by the health board to ensure the safety of your family.
Once radon gas starts accumulating in your body, there is no known way of reducing the long term effects of radiation from the gas. You can, however, take care of your body through detoxifying to get rid of the toxic gas. Foods and supplements like chlorophyll, spirulina and glutathione are great detoxifiers.