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WWI Health Hazards

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Ben Reck

on 26 May 2015

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by Ben Reck, 6th Hour
WWI Health Hazards
Trench Foot
Essentially the same as PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), the soldier would become psychologically damaged from the intensity of the bombardments.
Shell Shock
An estimated 97% of soldiers had been infected with lice. While mainly just an irritating disease, lice actually could spread trench fever, another devastating health hazard.
Mustard Gas was a chemical weapon used by the Germans in the first World War. It was extremely dangerous, and was hard to detect under a direct hit.
Mustard Gas
Trench Influenza
Trench foot was a common problem in WWI trench fighting, due to the cold and wetness of the trenches, as well is the insanitary conditions.
The foot became infected, then proceeded to go numb and turn red or blue. If left untreated, the foot could become gangrenous and would need to be amputated.
A concussion was usually associated with shell shock, and the soldier would experience strange phenomenons, such as restlessness, hallucinations, and fright/nervousness. These are only a few of the symptoms that actually occurred.
Symptoms included itching, irritation, rashes and bites, as well as creating a strong, foul odor.
It caused irritation in the eyes, and possibly blindness. It could cause a destructive fever, damage your respiratory and digestive systems, and cause nausea and vomiting. If not treated well, it proved to be fatal.
Known as "The Spanish Flu", Influenza was one of the most destructive health hazards, prominently in 1918.
The symptoms were obviously nausea, vomiting, common cold features, etc.
Affecting nearly one-fifth of the world's population, this pandemic proved to be as influential as the Black Plague from the Dark Ages.
Dysentery was a disease that altered the lining of the large intestine, causing stomach pains and vomiting.
It was mainly caused by the contamination of water. Most water was obtained from shell holes in trenches. The trenches were the cause of most of the health risks in WWI, due to their insanitary areas.
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