What Are Common Agent Orange Symptoms?

Amanda R. Bell

Agent Orange, a toxic herbicide used by the United States, Korea, Canada, and several other countries between 1950 and 1971, has been found to be extremely detrimental to human health. Unlike exposure to other toxins, many Agent Orange symptoms tend to take several years to decades to present, and can cause a host of health issues. Initial symptoms tend to include common side effects found with many other illnesses, as well as neurological and psychological problems. Exposure to this herbicide can also result in the development of a variety of cancers, heart diseases, and other health conditions, as well as mild to severe birth defects in the children of those exposed.

Agent Orange was a toxic herbicide applied in the United States and other countries from 1950 to 1971.
Agent Orange was a toxic herbicide applied in the United States and other countries from 1950 to 1971.

Initial exposure can result in mild to severe symptoms. Queasiness and vomiting tend to be the most common, and a person may develop kidney stones or ulcers. Other intestinal symptoms of Agent Orange include jaundice, stomach pain, and liver irritation. These Agent Orange effects typically occur shortly after contact with the herbicide, although some people may not have any symptoms of exposure until well afterward.

Headaches and other neurological symptoms may appear years after exposure to Agent Orange.
Headaches and other neurological symptoms may appear years after exposure to Agent Orange.

This herbicide can also cause severe neurological and emotional symptoms, which may become apparent directly after exposure or several years later. Headaches and odd sensations throughout the body, including tingling and numbness, are some of the most common Agent Orange symptoms. A person may also become unusually violent towards himself or others, and there is can be an increased risk of suicidal thoughts or tendencies.

Agent Orange may cause cancer and heart problems although these conditions may not be diagnosed until years after exposure to the chemical.
Agent Orange may cause cancer and heart problems although these conditions may not be diagnosed until years after exposure to the chemical.

Some of the most well-known symptoms of Agent Orange are the diseases that result from exposure to this herbicide. The development of cancer is one of the primary issues, and many different types have been linked to Agent Orange. Cancer of the blood, bone marrow, and lymph nodes are all considered Agent Orange symptoms. Prostate cancer and cancers of the lungs, throat, and other respiratory organs can also be caused by this herbicide.

Children whose parents were exposed to Agent Orange may suffer from birth defects, including deformities.
Children whose parents were exposed to Agent Orange may suffer from birth defects, including deformities.

Exposure to Agent Orange has also been linked to a variety of heart diseases, including a restriction of blood flow to the heart, often resulting in heart failure. Symptoms also include increased blood pressure, which can result in several other issues with the heart, including heart attacks and strokes, when not properly managed. Those exposed to Agent Orange often develop issues with muscle control, weakness, and a lack of feeling in one or more areas of the body.

The development of kidney stones is one possible symptom of Agent Orange.
The development of kidney stones is one possible symptom of Agent Orange.

Agent Orange symptoms can also affect the children of those exposed, despite the fact that they were not exposed to the substance themselves. This typically presents in the form of several different birth defects. In severe cases, a child may be born with damage to vital organs, or even missing certain organs or body parts. In general, a child having either a mother or father who was exposed to this toxin is at increased risk for these birth defects. Those who were exposed to Agent Orange, whether male or female, also have an increased risk of them or their partner experiencing a miscarriage.

Initial exposure to Agent Orange can cause nausea and vomiting.
Initial exposure to Agent Orange can cause nausea and vomiting.

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Discussion Comments

anon1002611

I wonder if its the chemtrails or the prednisone, but the side effects seem the same as agent orange.

anon1002547

I was in an A/O cleared area for weeks at a time. I feel blessed not to have suffered any negative affects (yet) but I am beginning to have problems with my feet. I did see one disease that could affect that area, but it also said had to be exposed within one year. Some diseases/issues make take decades to appear, but the VA has been treating me like dirt.

Anyway, I wonder if anyone else from Vietnam era and exposed to A/O are having similar problems with their feet? I will be70 in May and was in various parts of VN from March 69 to May 71.

anon1002079

My son has an auto immune problem that has almost caused his death two times. His father was in Vietnam just before I got pregnant. How can I find out if there is a link?

anon998695

When my husband came back from Nam he had to have growths removed from his head and arm.He recently died of -- as they called it -- "natural causes." He had COPD, kidney problems, heart problems, had to have a knee replaced because of an old injury form jumping off the back of a deuce and a half truck. He had continual heartburn and nothing seemed to help. He also had a hard lump behind is belly button, and the doctor said it was a hernia. Could be, but my husband said it hurt all the time. The day he died, he couldn't stay out of the bathroom. I attribute all his problems to agent orange which he said was sprayed all over them.

anon989428

Any Vietnam Veteran who served in a field artillery battery was exposed to agent orange, each time the cannons were fired. The defoliant was in the cloud of dust.

spiritgirl3

Research seems to indicate that children (of Vietnam Vets) are at a much higher risk of developing heart disease, diabetes or many forms of cancer than the average American and at a much younger age. There is also suggestions to do get as much information prior to seeking medical help-and if your doctor won't acknowledge your symptoms, to seek out another doctor who will.

It affects children of vets, but also grandchildren and there appears to be a high number of autoimmune diseases among these (grand) children of Vietnam veterans who have provided their health information.

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