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Fallout 76 diseases: all the diseases, preventing and curing them

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You’d imagine that diseases would be more of a problem in the Fallout universe prior to Fallout 76. After all, there are few doctors in the nuclear world of the Fallout universe and the apples are probably incredibly rotten or irradiated by now. But radiation poisoning is just one thing to be aware of now, as other nasty afflictions can include diseases. So you’ll need to take different measures to prevent or cure any disease you may come into contact with. I’ve prepared this guide that details how to prevent contracting a disease, and how to cure them.

Fallout 76 diseases guide

Preventing diseases is one important aspect of Fallout 76, but really there’s a lot more to discover about the game itself. Those looking for a beginner’s guide to get started with the game should have a look at our Fallout 76 guide hub.

Preventing diseases in Fallout 76

Much like how it works in the real world, the best way to combat any disease is to not get it in the first place. That may seem like common sense, but there are certain actions that will put you at more risk to getting any disease than not, so here are some of the known things you need to avoid doing.

  • Consuming raw food or untreated water.
  • Sleeping in beds that are not raised from the ground (ie: roll-out beds).
  • Swimming in radioactive water.
  • Traversing environments that are irradiated without a gas mask or hazmat suit.
  • Attacked by any enemies with the biohazard symbol next to their name.

Curing diseases

So you’ve somehow picked up a disease. That sucks. You won’t see any physical symptoms on your character like a pox, but the diseases that you can contract are of a stupidly wide variety. More on that in a bit, but you’re probably wondering how to get rid of it. There are a couple of ways, namely by finding antibiotics, crafting disease cures, or just by waiting it out. Dying doesn’t get rid of the disease, so if the disease is really hindering your progress, just seek out the cure. If you’re ever in the position where you can find disease cures, make sure you have a few spare in case there’s a particularly debilitating infection.

Known diseases and symptoms

Now you know how to prevent and cure the diseases, it’s best to know everything about the diseases that you can contract in the game. Below is a table with all the diseases, their symptoms, and the duration should you wish to wait them out.

Disease Symptoms Duration
Blood Worms Take 25% more damage. 15 minutes
Bone Worms Take 50% more limb damage. 15 minutes
Buzz Drain -2 Intelligence 15 minutes
Dysentery Increased thirst rate. 15 minutes
Fever Claw -25% ranged weapon damage 15 minutes
Flap Limb -2 Strength 15 minutes
Glowing Pustules Bleed radiation from wounds. 15 minutes
Heat Flashes -2 Endurance 15 minutes
Jelly Fingers +50% Ranged VATS AP cost. 15 minutes
Lock Joint +50% Melee VATS AP cost 15 minutes
Needle Spine -10 Carrying limit 15 minutes
Parasites Periodic food loss. 15 minutes
Rad Worms Take 50% more radiation damage. 15 minutes
Rattle Hands -25% damage with ranged weapons 15 minutes
Shell Shock AP drain from wounds. 15 minutes
Sludge Lung Max AP: -50
AP Regen: -50
15 minutes
Snot Ear -2 Perception 15 minutes
Swamp Gas -2 Charisma 15 minutes
Swamp Itch -2 Agility 15 minutes
The Blight Suffer -1 to all S.P.E.C.I.A.L. stats. 15 minutes
The Woopsies -2 Luck 15 minutes
Weeping Sores Bleed from wounds. 15 minutes

Now you know about diseases, there is another condition you should probably be made aware of: Mutations. They work very differently so head over to our [mutation] guide, to get a rundown on the best mutations to have and how to prevent them getting cured by RadAways. Power Armour is also available in the game, so find out more on that in our Fallout 76 Power Armor locations guide. You can also get perks via Perk Cards, which you can go to our Fallout 76 perk cards guide since they work completely differently to just about any other Fallout game.

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