What is Lead Poisoning?
Lead is a metal found in nature. Lead poisoning is caused most often by eating lead paint chips or breathing in lead dust. Lead is especially harmful for infants and children 6 years and below asthey absorb lead more easily.
Sources of Lead:
You can be exposed to lead if you are working in constructions, welding, demolition, automobilerepair and others. Other sources may include:
- Dust from removing old paint and wallpaper
- Contaminated soil and dust from a nearby lead industry
- Paint and plastic found on toys
- Tap water from old lead water pipes
Symptoms of Lead Poisoning:
High levels of lead in children can cause:
- Damage to the brain and nervous system
- Behavior and learning problems
- Hearing problems and slowed growth
- Headaches and anemia
Whereas in adults, it may cause:
- Reproductive problems in both men and women
- High blood pressure and headaches
- Digestive disorders
- Memory and concentration problems
- Nerve damage and personality changes
- Metallic taste in the mouth
- Joint pain and muscle weakness
Lead Poisoning Treatment:
If you suspect lead poisoning a simple blood test can show high levels of lead in the body which can be repeated to confirm exposure Patients with lead poisoning may be given medicine which binds with the lead and lets it pass out in the urine.Make sure you know the source of lead poisoning to remove it from the person’s environment and to stop the exposure.Patients may suffer from symptoms even with treatment especially from long-lasting behavioral and physical problems.
ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT
LEAD POISONING IS PREVENTABLE 100% THROUGH KNOWING LEAD SOURCES IN YOUR ENVIRONMENT.