UNIT 2: Fundamental Concepts
LESSON: Biological Effects of Radiation
Skin irritation is another effect likely to occur from acute exposures to radiation. A tingling sensation of the skin and some reddening may persist for a couple of days after exposure. This response is typical of a sunburn and the dead skin cells are obvious from the peeling of skin after the burn. But unlike sunburn, the irritation will return after some time has passed and persist for about 3 weeks. More severe skin burns and blistering occurs after higher exposures.