Advertisement

Is there a cure for radiation poisoning?

There is no cure for radiation poisoning. Instead, treatment involves reducing radiation exposure (if possible) and managing the health effects caused by radiation. Chemicals such as potassium iodide can reduce the body's exposure to radioactive materials. However, these chemicals are not 100 percent effective and can only be used to counteract certain types of radioactive material. Other medications can alleviate pain associated with skin wounds, reduce gastrointestinal symptoms, control seizures, and treat infections. Growth factors and blood transfusions can compensate for a damaged bone marrow. If a person survives, they remain at risk for future cancers. Therefore, taking precautions to avoid or minimize radiation exposure is crucial to prevent this life-threatening illness.

Continue Learning about Poisoning

Are Your Grandkids at Risk From Your Meds?
Are Your Grandkids at Risk From Your Meds?
Three generations of Matthews have played in the NFL: Clay Matthews, Sr., played four seasons for the San Francisco 49ers. His eldest son, Clay Matthe...
Read More
How can I reduce my exposure to environmental hazards?
Boston Women's Health Book CollectiveBoston Women's Health Book Collective
Our homes, workplaces, and indoor or outdoor community settings, including our children's schools, m...
More Answers
What happens when I call the National Poison Control Center hotline?
American Red CrossAmerican Red Cross
When you call this number, your call is automatically routed to your regional poison control cen...
More Answers
What should I do in case of accidental poisoning?
 Dr. Kathleen Handal, MD Dr. Kathleen Handal, MD
In the case of accidental poisoning, if time permits, contact the Poison Help Center at 1-800-22...
More Answers

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.