If you cannot remember the last time you had your home tested for radon, or if you have never had radon testing performed in your home – it’s time to take precautions. Take care to understand radon exposure symptoms and consult your physician if you or any family member are exhibiting signs of them.
In this article, we’re going to cover some of the symptoms of radon exposure that you may not be aware of. By preemptively getting your home tested for unsafe radon levels and collecting data about your home, you can be rest-assured that radon does not affect your family’s health.
What Unsafe Radon Levels Can Do
Keep in mind; radon is a naturally occurring gas that rises from the earth’s soil. It can enter the home through vulnerabilities in the foundation or other access points. It can be tested for, and there are systems in place to mitigate dangerous levels of radon gas if it has entered your home.
When radon levels build up to toxic levels, it can compromise the lungs and be very dangerous. Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer for non-smokers and the second leading cause of lung cancer year after year. Radon is responsible for over 21 thousand deaths each year due to cancer-causing toxins.
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Understanding the Symptoms of Radon Exposure
Symptoms from radon exposure are not immediate. You could not walk into your friends’ or neighbors’ houses with unsafe radon levels and sense or feel anything. Radon is odorless and undetectable by our senses.
Only after years of exposure to toxic levels of radon gas would anyone start to notice symptoms of its harmful effects. To understand the symptoms of radon exposure, you need to understand the signs of lung cancer.
Signs of Lung Cancer
Lung cancer may start with a simple nagging dry cough or wheezing. It can escalate to shortness of breath, and all of these symptoms don’t go away – they become a constant problem in daily life.
These symptoms are similar to people who have chronic asthma or other long-term respiratory conditions, so it’s tough for those individuals to distinguish between their diagnosed lung issues and lung cancer.
If you suspect you or a loved one are exhibiting symptoms like:
- Persistent cough
- Shortness of breath
- Labored breathing
- Chest pain
- Chest tightness
- Loss of weight
- Coughing up blood
Contact your doctor immediately.
It must be stressed that the buildup of radon to unsafe levels in your home is something that can be prevented. We have the tools, resources, and know-how to test for it.
If high radon levels are present in the home, effective systems can be installed to vent the toxic gas into the air, safely away from the house, without harming the environment.
If you have any concerns about radon levels in your home, make sure to arrange for radon testing with a trusted home inspection professional.