How radiation poisoning affect my skin?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

The cutaneous syndrome is a term used to describe the effects of radiation poisoning on the skin. Initial symptoms occur within a few hours and include redness, swelling, peeling, and loss of hair. Over the course of days to weeks, blisters and ulcers may form and infection may occur. Skin wounds may be severe enough to require skin grafts and other surgical procedures. Permanent damage to skin cells may cause color changes, scarring, and other disfigurement. Injured skin is also at higher risk of squamous cell cancer. If a significant portion of the skin is affected, the risk of death increases regardless of the initial radiation dose.

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