Have you ever had an asthma attack? It looks like one of the terrifying ordeals a human being can go through.
Just the mental impact of being unable to breath because of something that is going on inside your body is tough enough to handle. A variety of circumstance can trigger an asthma attack, and many of these circumstance can be happening in any household. Spring pollen, mold, and second-hand cigarette smoke are all factors that will increase the likelihood of asthma attacks.
Can radon cause asthma?
The short answer is no. There is no conclusive evidence that Radon has a direct impact causing asthma. However, that is not the same to say that radon and asthma don’t interact with each other in some ways.
Radon is a colorless, odorless gas, that results from the decay of radioactive material that exists naturally underground. As elements like uranium and thorium decay into lead, radon is released into the air, which happens naturally below the surface.
While there isn’t yet any conclusive evidence that radon could cause asthma, it is a well-documented fact that it can cause cancer, with over 21.000 cancer death attributed each year to radon presence or influence. Which is why it is considered to be one of the major health risks that can be found in your home.
How does radon & asthma interact?
Having established there’s no obvious connection, let’s cover how radon gas interacts with this illness. The question isn’t so much “Can radon cause asthma?” as it is “What additional risks does radon present for an asthmatic person?”
When radon reaches dangerous levels in a home (4 pCi/L) there’s almost a guarantee that its inhabitants will inhale it on a regular basis. Radon gas in the air breaks down into tiny radioactive elements, called radon progeny, and these can lodge themselves in the lining of the lungs giving off radiation directly to the organs and damaging its cells.
This accelerated organ deterioration can have a big impact on someone who is already struggling with a respiratory illness, such as asthma or emphysema, and can be really dangerous for people who smoke.
The best thing you can do is to have your home tested for radon, many remediation techniques can be applied to any structure to mitigate and reduce radon concentration levels and make your home habitable, but these solutions only work if the problem is caught early on.
Call Radon Rid today to have your home mitigated or fill out the form on this page!