Can someone tell me some dangers of radioactivity?
- JimLv 72 years ago
Here are some effects of higher levels of exposure:
Bone marrow stop producing white blood cells, so your body can't fight infections
Hair fall out temporary
Total death of hair follicals
DNA damage leading to cancers
DNA birth defects to your children
Radioactive bones (esp if Strontium swallowed)
Cooking of your flesh
Melting of your flesh
Your body vaporizing
It's a matter of type, intensity, and length of exposure.
Your own body is your highest source of your radiation!!!
And radioactivity from rocks, altitude, and air are all Natural!!Source(s): Radiation worker for years
- busterwasmycatLv 72 years ago
there are two "types" of radioactivity, really. there is the energy part, and that energy can be very high and cause burns or death (if enough exposure). There is the particle part, which can cause collision with molecules and destroy molecules, so there is still destruction and possible death of cells, but also non-fatal events that have possible genetic changes (the building code gets broken and won't work good).
Either way, the main issue is that you cannot tell that you are being exposed while it is happening, at least not from your own senses, so you can be severely or fatally harmed before you ever know it.
As with pretty well any hazard, there are different degrees of severity that are possible. Minor sunburn is not really a major issue even if it is solar "radiation" that causes it. But it can also involve genetic changes that you cannot know about until you get a cancer on your skin, maybe years later.
The "danger" is that energy and particles are out there, and can be very extremely intense, and you cannot know it until it is too late, unless you are aware that there is a radiation source and take steps to minimize its effects. Kind of like carbon monoxide in a way: you can't tell it is there so you can die before you know what is happening. Pretty scary thought.
- DixonLv 72 years ago
There is really only one danger; The radiation hits pieces of DNA within your living cells and causes them to malfunction, leading to sickness and possibly death.
- Steve HLv 62 years ago
Radioactivity is all around us in meagre amounts, so nothing much to speak of at the normal level.
High dose radiation in either a large hit or regular excessive amounts, can damage cells throughout our body, therefore causing diseases like cancer or organ failure. We are also at risk of death due to the excess radiation, so it's something to be avoided at all costs.
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- Anonymous2 years ago
Well, there's death, so, yeah, that's probably the biggest danger. Surprisingly, despite all the hype, turning into the Incredible Hulk or Spider-Man, not very high on the danger list.