Does Radon Cause Headaches?
This potentially deadly force is all around us, although few are truly aware of its presence or the dangers that it may possess. With the right knowledge, you can protect yourself from this hidden hazard by equipping yourself with the tools to better understand this element and it's potential dangerous effects that it can have on your body.
Table of Contents
- What is Radon?
- Does Radon Cause Headaches?
- Test your Home for Radon
- Schedule a Discounted Radon Test
Radon is a radioactive gas that you cannot see, smell, or taste. It begins as uranium which is a heavy metal that is found in the ground and most rocks. When uranium decays, it turns into a metal called radium which in turn breaks down and become Radon.
Radon leaves the soil and ground becoming part of the air and water that we breath in and drink on a daily basis. It's true that radon is in the air all around us, however, the amounts are very small and are not harmful.
Radon becomes harmful when it's trapped in large amounts inside the living spaces of homes and buildings. Even though it's a natural gas, it can be very toxic when breathed in large amounts over long periods of time.
Radon has found its way into the top of health officials' list of concerns, such as The Environmental Protection Agency and The World Health Organization. Both agencies warn against long-term exposure to elevated levels of radon gas, and are aware that Radon is the Second Leading Cause of Lung Cancer in the United States.
Radon is not just a concern in the home, but in other buildings as well. Read our blog post: "What is the Radon Testing Process for Commercial Properties." to learn more.
Does Radon Cause Headaches?
One of the most dangerous aspects of exposure to radon gas is its initial lack of symptoms. Symptoms of radon gas do not include the onset of headaches, dizziness, or nausea that are often associated with other inhaled airborne substances such as carbon monoxide poisoning.
Radon as is a known carcinogen, which means it is a cancer-causing agent. According to the EPA, radon gas causes around 20,000 deaths per year and is the primary contributing factor to lung cancer among non-smokers.
In truth, many people may spend years surrounded by high levels of radon gas and never know they are developing any problems. As is the case with many other toxins, a build up in the body over time, can eventually lead to cell mutation. By the time radon poisoning begins to present "symptoms", the person may actually be experiencing symptoms of lung cancer.
It's very important not to wait for "symptoms" of radon poisoning before action is taken. Since radon gas does not present symptoms of its own, if you do begin to experience any issues, you may actually be suffering from lung cancer already.
Test your Home for Radon
Since radon can be found everywhere, virtually everyone could be at risk. Many homes and building throughout the United States contain very high levels of radon gas, Ohio is no exception.
To put things plainly, if your home has never been tested for radon, it needs to be done. Don't talk to your neighbor to find out what their levels were and base your health and protection on what someone else has to say. Since radon is a gas, it is quite easy for your home to contain very high levels of radon while your neighbors home does not.
Have your home tested by a Licensed Radon Testing Company. This will ensure that the equipment used is registered with The Ohio Department of Health and is properly calibrated and up-to-date which will help to ensure accurate test results.
Once you know the concentration levels of radon gas inside your home, you can either rest assured that you're living in a safe environment, or find out that your home is contaminated and in need of a Radon Removal System.
It's always better to be safe than sorry. Having your home tested for radon takes under 3 days to get results and the cost is quite cheap.
Are you living with Cancer-Causing Gas in your home?
Find out today. The experts at Radon Eliminator offer discounted radon testing for Ohio residents. If you have never had your home tested now is the time. Click the link below to schedule an appointment.
Contact us today and one of our specialists will set your test up tomorrow. Rest easy knowing what lurks hidden inside your home.