Radon (Rn) is one of six noble gases. Radon is radioactive, causing it to be a health concern.

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Can radon gas cause migraine headaches?

No, exposure to radon gas, even a large amount, won't give you a headache. Radon is an inert or noble gas, and it is radioactive. Radon exposure is a bad thing as it is the second most common cause of lung cancer. But you won't be able to detect radon by any of your senses, and it will not directly cause you to be "sick" or for a "migrane" to appear. It will, after time, cause cancer because the radiation damage your lungs get from the long exposure. In the mean time, you won't feel a thing. At least not because of an exposure to radon gas.


Is Radon abundant?

A2. Radon is a decay product of Uranium, and is about 6 radioactive decay steps from U238. The Uranium occurs in some granite rocks, and as buildings are often made from this durable rock, Radon is generated from the building fabric. It is considered that exposure to Radon gas is second only to cigarettes as the cause of lung cancers in the US. Some unfortunate towns, such as Dundee, sit on the granite and build the houses of it, and this is a serious local problem. Basements and attics should have adequate ventilation to remove the gas.

It is not an abundant gas, and perhaps there are some tens of grams of Rn in the Earth's atmosphere. This eventually decays into lead, and is continuously replaced by new Rn from U decay.


What are 3 uses of radon?

> To treat Cancer

> For use in radiography

> For use in hydrological research


Is radon gas heavier or lighter than air?



Which is more radioactive uranium radon or radium?

The most radioactive and dangerous is radon.

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Are gladiolas toxic to people?

Yes. The corms have a greater concentration of the toxic substance, but both corms and leaves have some toxicity. Symptoms of poisoning would include gastro-intestinal symptoms.

Another answer: Gladiolus is a 1 on the level of 1-10, 10 being deadly. foxglove and oleander are more harmful if concerned about human and pet health.

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Where is Bismarck brown granite from?

Bismark Brown GraniteAccording to graniteland.com, Bismarck brown's country of origin is India.

What is a common compound found that includes radon?

radon is a noble gas, so it does not form compounds.


What happens when you mix helium and radon together?

Nothing as helium and radon are noble or non-reactive gasses.


What should be done if a home has a radon level of 4.3?

== == That's just barely over the limit. However the EPA action level of 4 pCi/L is NOT a safe level. The death rate the EPA uses, 21,000 deaths per year, is not calculated using 4 pCi/L, it is calculated using the average U. S. home Radon level, 1.3 pCi/L. There is no safe level of Radon. Usually a mitigation system must take the level below 2 pCi/L to be considered acceptable. Call in a professional Radon mitigator to find out where the Radon is coming into the home. They are experts at ventilation, some depressurize the soil beneath the home.

Sealing is rarely an effective treatment for radon reduction. If you have an unfinished basement and your level is between 4-8pCi/L it may be worth a try. But use a good quality urethane caulk to seal all concrete areas as silicone caulk will not hold up.


What are the symptoms of radon poisoning?

And that's exactly the problem with radon exposure. It is a radioactive source, and it's airborne and hard to defend against. You can't see it, feel it or smell it. It enters the body through respiration and sometimes ends up staying around - and decaying inside a person. An individual so exposed experiences localized radiation damage to tissues. And radiation is a good cause of cancer. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, and the 6th leading cause of cancer in the U.S. overall. Symptoms of radon exposure in the levels to which it is present in structures are not directly observable. That makes it very important to test and to apply an effective mitigating stategy ASAP if a problem is discovered. Don't institute any half measures on this one. It's important. Radiation is like sun burn - except the consequences are more dire. How much can you handle without major problems? The best idea is to expose yourself to none and then not have to worry about it. As stated, you can not see, smell or feel radon gas. You cannot sense it at all. It is a radioactive gas that causes damage to our cells deep within the lungs. Unlike carbon monoxide gas that has defined symptoms from increasing amounts of exposure, which are similar to the flu, radon gas exposure has none. Symptoms only show up with the onset of lung cancer, which is the only known health malady that radon gas causes. So instead of looking for symptoms to occur it is best to test your home.


Diagnosing radon gas poisoning?

Equivalent to lung cancer diagnosis.


What are side effects of radon exposure in home?

Inhalation of high concentrations of radon for long time is a cause of lung cancers.


Is radon malleable?

No,radon is not malleable.


What isotope is formed when radon emits an alpha?

Radon has 34 radioactive isotopes; the most important are:





Is radon scarce or abundant?

Radon is not abundant.

Earth crust: 4.10-19 kg radon/kg of rocks

Sea water: 4.10-22 kg radon/L of water


When a radon 222 nucleus decays what is the other product that forms?

Radon-222 decays by alpha decay to become polonium-218.


What does the name radon mean?

The name radon is derived from the Latin language word radius = radiation. The suffix on is the same as for the others noble gases (excepting helium).


Can radon poisoning cause heart problems?

It would be hard to attribute any cardiac difficulties to radon. Radon is an inert gas, but it is radioactive. If it does any damage, it is because it is inhaled and undergoes decay in the lungs. The lungs take the damage, and enough radiation damage can cause cancer. The heart is "safe" in that light. Note that radon is an underrated cause of cancer. Best get up to speed so you can determine if you are at risk.


Why do radon gases stay in your basement?

Radon is a very heavy gas, several times heavier than air. When radon seeps into a basement as a result of low-level radioactive decay within rocks such as granite, it tends to be trapped there. This is especially true as homes are sealed tighter with insulation and weather strips. A full time ventilation system that circulates air from around the outside of basement floor and walls will stop radon buildup.


What does radon decay into?

== == 222Rn is the only natural isotope of radon. (Several other artificial isotopes are known, but about the only place they exist is in the physics lab. Let's work with the natural one.) This isotope is itself the daughter of 226Radium, by the way. (226Ra had to decay to create 222Rn.) The decay scheme for radon is as follows: 222Rn will alpha decay (half life of 3.8 days) into 218Po 218Po will alpha decay (half life of 3.1 minutes) into 214Pb 214Pb will beta decay (half life of 27 minutes) into 214Bi 214Bi will beta decay (half life of 20 minutes) into 214Po 214Po will alpha decay (half life of 160 microseconds) into 210Pb 210Pb will beta decay (half life of 22 years) into 210Bi 210Bi will beta decay (half life of 5 days) into 210Po 210Po will alpha decay (half life of 138 days) into 206Pb (stable) In case it isn't obvious, radon and its daughters are all radioactive and pose a hazard. (Save lead, 206Pb, the final daughter.) And because radon is a gasand is inert, it travels around in the air and can be inhaled. And an airborne radionuclide is harder to defend against and contain than a liquid or solid one. Radon is suspected of accounting for a high percentage of lung cancer deaths since exposure to radiation can cause cancer. What really sucks is that if you breathe in a radon atom and it decays in your lungs, it changes into a polonium atom while irratiating you. You probably can't get rid of the polonium atom (it's a metallic solid), and it is also radioactive. An atom of radon must undergo 8radioactive decay events to get to a stable isotope of lead. That means if a radon atom you inhale decays, you get that shot of radiation, and you will probably get 7 more shots of radiation - in the same general location - before things are over. Lots of biological damage can occur. And these decay events involve some very damaging particulate radiation (alpha and beta radiation). It's about the worst of the worst.


What illness does radon gas cause?

Radon gas can cause lung cancer after smoking. Non-smokers can get them as well. Gas rises up underneath the homes if there is low pressure in the house, and it can act like a vacume. Radon gas is the heaviest gas of all, so it should be sitting on the flours. High levels of radon is like smoking 135 cigarette packs a day. There are radon detection kits and radon extraction services. The extraction services may cost as much as a small home repair.


Which is more reactive uranium radon or radium?

Uranium is the most reactive.


Will finishing your basement reduce radon levels?

Yes, because the diffusion of radon gas is more difficult in a material with low porosity and without cracks or holes.


What was the first country radon was discovered?

in Germany


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