What are the symptoms of Agent Orange Exposure.

Agent Orange was a herbicide used by the U.S. military during the Vietnam War to destroy vegetation that provided cover for enemy troops. Unfortunately, the herbicide contained dioxin, a toxic chemical that can cause a range of health problems in humans. The effects of Agent Orange exposure can vary depending on the level and duration of exposure, but some of the most common symptoms are:
  1. Skin problems: Exposure can cause various skin problems, such as rashes, blisters, and acne-like lesions. These skin issues can be itchy and uncomfortable, and may take a long time to heal.

  2. Respiratory problems: Exposure can also cause respiratory problems, such as coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath. These symptoms may be a sign of bronchitis or asthma, which can be worsened by exposure to dioxin.

  3. Digestive problems: exposure can also affect the digestive system, causing problems such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. These symptoms may be a sign of inflammatory bowel disease, which has been linked to exposure to dioxin.

  4. Neurological problems: Exposure can also affect the nervous system, causing symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, and tremors. In some cases, it may also lead to peripheral neuropathy, a condition that affects the nerves outside the brain and spinal cord, leading to tingling or numbness in the hands and feet.

  5. Cancer: One of the most serious long-term effects of exposure is an increased risk of cancer. The herbicide has been linked to various types of cancer, including non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, soft tissue sarcoma, and prostate cancer. It can take several years or even decades for cancer to develop after exposure to Agent Orange.

  6. Reproductive problems: Exposure can also affect the reproductive system, causing problems such as infertility, miscarriages, and birth defects. Dioxin can interfere with the body’s hormonal balance, leading to reproductive issues in both men and women.

  7. Psychological problems: Some studies have suggested that exposure may also increase the risk of psychological problems, such as depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This may be due to the psychological stress of experiencing war or to the chemical effects of dioxin on the brain.

In conclusion, Agent Orange exposure can cause a range of health problems, from skin rashes and respiratory issues to cancer and reproductive problems. If you believe you may have been exposed to Agent Orange, it’s important to talk to your doctor and get tested for possible health issues. While there is no cure for Agent Orange exposure, early detection and treatment can help manage symptoms and improve quality of life. If you have been denied VA benefits for Agent Orange exposure, contact our helpful attorneys  and let us see how we can help you.