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What Are the Symptoms of Agent Orange Exposure?

Agent Orange exposure remains a serious health concern, especially for Vietnam veterans and others who served in locations where this herbicide was used. Understanding the health effects and what to look for after Agent Orange exposure is important when seeking VA disability benefits.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has officially linked certain medical conditions to Agent Orange exposure, making them presumptive conditions for disability compensation. Veterans seeking benefits for exposure should know which diseases have been officially linked to Agent Orange.

Understanding Agent Orange Exposure

Agent Orange is an herbicide that was used extensively during the Vietnam War to clear foliage. The health problems associated with Agent Orange exposure can manifest in various ways, impacting both long-term health and day-to-day well-being.

What are the Symptoms of Agent Orange?

While symptoms can vary from individual to individual, the following are some common health issues associated with Agent Orange:

  • Fatigue
  • Rashes
  • Headaches
  • Muscle pain
  • Joint pain
  • Respiratory issues
  • COPD
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Gastrointestinal issues
  • Cardiovascular issues
  • Skin cancers
  • Additional health conditions

Additionally, the VA has recognized disabilities and diseases associated with Agent Orange. If a veteran has these specific disabilities, the VA presumes that the veteran should be service-connected.

Agent Orange Exposure Disabilities

Veterans exposed to Agent Orange and experiencing the following conditions may qualify for VA benefits:

  • Chloracne
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Hodgkin’s Disease
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Ischemic Heart Disease
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Prostate cancer
  • Respiratory issues
  • Soft tissue sarcoma
  • Several other conditions

Ongoing Research and New Developments of Agent Orange

One aspect of Agent Orange-related health problems is that new diseases associated with exposure may continue to emerge even decades after initial exposure.

Research has also begun to explore the possibility that the effects of Agent Orange may be hereditary, potentially affecting the offspring of those exposed to birth defects and other illnesses.

Precautionary Measures and Health Exams

Regular check-ups and lab work can serve as preventive measures against the long-term health effects of Agent Orange. The VA offers a special Agent Orange Registry Health Exam for veterans exposed to Agent Orange.

Participating in this exam can be crucial for early detection of diseases caused by Agent Orange and may influence your eligibility for Agent Orange disability compensation.

Contact a Veterans Disability Lawyer

Agent Orange Symptoms: Get Help from a Veteran

Understanding Agent Orange exposure and its potential impact on your health is the first step toward receiving the VA disability benefits you may be entitled to.

Our Agent Orange disability compensation team at Berry Law can assist you in navigating the often complex process involved in obtaining these important benefits.

If you believe you have symptoms or diseases related to Agent Orange exposure and need help appealing VA Rating Decisions, contact Berry Law Veterans Law Attorneys for a free consultation.

You can contact a veterans law attorney online or by calling our law office at (888) 883-2483.


Berry Law

The attorneys at Berry Law are dedicated to helping injured Veterans. With extensive experience working with VA disability claims, Berry Law can help you with your disability appeals.

This material is for informational purposes only. It does not create an attorney-client relationship between the Firm and the reader, and does not constitute legal advice. Legal advice must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case, and the contents of this blog are not a substitute for legal counsel.

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