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A 39-year-old member asked:

How can you get lead poisoning?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Specializes in Family Medicine
Lead in environment: Sources of lead include old paint (babies chewing on windowsills); soil near a highway; pottery with lead based glaze (usually imported); and some toys have been found to have lead based paint (again- imported. Lead based paint is no longer used in the US.
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 52 years experience
Plumbism: Most lead poisoning comes from lead that is ingested from pain containing lead dusting within the home, peeling and young children eating a piece of paint chip, walls should be repaired and the house should be inspected for lead paint. Lead cntaminates foor in lead containing soil. Some leadis ingested from exhause fumes from leaded gasoline. Old water piple may give off lead into the drinking.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Many possibilities. : Lead was used as an additive to paints used in home building years ago & the inhalation of paint dust during renovations, or kids chewing on cribs painted with lead paint provided some. Exposure to clothes of someone working in around lead (battery reclamation) or that from lead paint on decorative dishes were also common. Removal of lead from many of these products has reduced public risk.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

How do you prevent yourself from getting lead poisoning?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Joseph Hermann
Family Medicine 44 years experience
Avoid ingesting lead: Really? I wasn't sure if this was a serious question. Fortunately, most sources of lead have been identified and all but removed from the environment. Others are clearly marked on labels so always read the warnings of household chemicals. Google "lead exposure" for more information.
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine 40 years experience
hunters eating fowl they shot with lead buckshot should be careful.
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A 47-year-old member asked:

How can I get tested for lead poisoning?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Blood tests: Blood lead levels are available through many labs. Xrays of the long bones may may reveal past lead exposure with characteristic lead lines.
A 41-year-old member asked:

How to get rid of lead poisoning?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Martin Fried
Nutrition 37 years experience
Complex issue: REmove the source- like lead dust in the house, or lead paint. The patient who is exposed to the lead needs to be treated. But it is important to know the source of the problem so that it doesn't recur.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Can I get lead poisoning from pottery from china?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Tara Passow
Dermatology 41 years experience
Hard to say: There are lead testing kits that can give you a quick answer, but you'd have to have the pottery in-hand to do the test.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What to do if I have lead poisoning?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 37 years experience
M.D. visit: Lead is an environmental toxin and measurements of high levels in the bloodstream require treatment. Avoiding the source of lead, having your home and water supply inspected for possibly sources may be completed by the health department. Please check with your doctor for treatment recommendations based on the level in your bloodstream. I hope this helps.

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