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The top five effects of nuclear radiation from fallout are as follows: ?

Skin Effects - The skin is blasted with radiation from the minute the person i s exposed. Small doses of radiation can have relatively small effects, such as i nitial itching, followed by a few weeks of blistering. Regeneration is normally enough to cure these symptoms. However, as the dosage of radiation increases, so do the effect levels, while regeneration can be hindered. This can lead to perm anent damage, such as the destruction of tissue and sweat glands. ? Immediate Physical Effects - These are the effects a person exposed to on in an unsheltered place during a fallout can expect to have. They are t minimal, but do increase in severity as the radiation increases. These nausea, headaches and fever. While these symptoms are relatively small, uld mean life or death in a survival situation. radiati somewha include they co

? Disorientation and mental incapacitation - as radiation levels increase or exp osure time drags on (or both) the symptoms are likely to worsen. While initially a headache would have been a hindrance, the person would eventually be complete ly incapacitated. The victim would be unable to function and would have little c ontrol over though process and senses. Unless help is nearby, the person is as g ood as gone. ? Medium Term Illnesses - There are a multitude of illnesses which can be consid ered both long term and medium term in relation to nuclear radiation exposure. T hey include low level leukemia up to high level leukemia. Unshakable fatigue and electrolyte disturbance (affecting hydration systems within the body). Up to 70 % of victims can survive, should they get medical attention within a week or so of exposure. ? Long Term Effects - As we have seen in the aftermath of the Japanese nuclear b ombings in WW2 and more recently the Chernobyl disaster, there are serious longterm consequences for those affected by radiation. Cancer is a prominent one, an d a disease which kills many of those that survive the initial fallout. Finally, and perhaps the saddest of all, infant mortality and disfiguring can last decad es after the initial fallout as we have seen after Chernobyl. While public health experts will surely keep spreading the word that any radiati on that reaches the U.S. is completely safe and easy enough for the human body t o absorb. However, considering the cumulative sources of pollution that American s already have to deal with every day, I don't think that concern over additiona l radioactive particles in our atmosphere is being "overly cautious."