Agent Orange Can Cause an Eruption of Skin Problems
A well-known side effect of exposure to Agent Orange is chloracne, an eruption of blackheads, cysts, and other skin lesions. Chloracne is also called metabolizing acquired dioxin-induced skin hamartoma, or MADISH. The chemical dioxin found in Agent Orange is so toxic it was used in the 2004 assassination attempt of former Ukrainian president Viktor Yushchenko, pictured above. Although he survived the poisoning, the toxin left him with permanent, disfiguring scars on his face. Civilians and troops exposed to high levels of dioxin through Agent Orange exposure suffered similar symptoms. Mild chloracne resembles ordinary acne, with oily skin and blackheads along the forehead and cheekbones. But in severe cases, the condition may spread to other parts of the body, including the armpits and groin area, leaving blisters, open sores, and significant scarring. Dioxin poisoning can also cause sweaty palms and feet, skin discoloration, and excessive hair growth.