Are You Experiencing Radon Symptoms?

radon in the lungs

Working for EnviroTech which specializes in indoor air quality, I speak to many people that are having health problems in their homes. Many of these people want to test for radon thanks to their struggles with breathing and getting sick a lot. Although I recommend testing for radon, it is usually not the cause of their symptoms.

Let me start by prefacing nothing in this blog should be used as medical advice. You should contact your physician for any questions relating to that. With that said, radon is a carcinogen (cancer causing agent). Fun fact: radon gas is harmless, the decay process when radon decays is where the human body finds itself with in trouble. When radon gas decays, alpha particles are released from the atom. The alpha particles are released at a high rate of speed. When this particle hits human cells, it will do one of two things.  It will either kill the cell or it will damage the cell. If the cell is killed, the body will make a new cell to replace the dead one. This is obviously the preferred result. If it damages the cell, it can damage the DNA of the cell. This can damage the cancer suppressant genes reducing the ability of the cell to defend against cancer, not your favorite option…right?

Although the information varies, the general consensus to symptoms is severe shortness of breath and a tight feeling in your chest. This is caused by the mass on the lungs. This is not a guarantee that radon caused a problem as there are many things in this world that can cause lung cancer. The best idea is to test your home as soon as possible to see if there is a problem before you breathe too much. The more you breathe in, the better your chance to have radon affect you. It is best to find out now that the levels are low then to find out later that they are high.