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are the symptoms of lead poisoning bad?

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Dr. Marianne DiNapoli
Dr. Marianne DiNapoli answered
Obstetrics and Gynecology 8 years experience
Yes: Lead poisoning in adults commonly causes headache, memory loss, anemia, and defects in the nervous system that can lead to muscle weakness. High enough levels of lead may even be lethal. Lead poisoning can be diagnosed and treated by a physician.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

How can you get lead poisoning?

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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.
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A 37-year-old member asked:

How should you treat lead poisoning?

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Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Specializes in Family Medicine
Investigate: First, investigate the environment and try to determine where th lead came from. If the poisoning is severe, IV medications (chelating agents) can help bring it down.
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A 27-year-old member asked:

What are the different effects of lead poisoning?

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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Multiple: The three major systems affected by lead are - the brain, gastrointestinal and hemopoesis (bone marrow and peripheral blood). Bones is another body tissue that can be affected. Brain damage will be manifested with mental retardation of different degree. Gastrointestinal - constipation, if acutely poisoned, vomiting, pain. Blood - anemia.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

What are usual symptoms of lead poisoning?

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Dr. Francine Yep
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Sometimes none: Kids don't always have symptoms. This is why we screen kids for lead. Symptoms can be vague like not growing or developing as much, irritable, lethargic, stomach pain/diarrhea/vomiting. Adults can also have vague symptoms like: fatigue, forgetful, numbness/tingling, anemia, kidney problems, digestion problems [belly pain/nausea/vomiting/diarrhea].
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A 36-year-old member asked:

Why is lead poisoning considered so dangerous?

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Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Specializes in Family Medicine
Many bad effects: Lead poisoning can cause headaches, abdominal pain, anemia, loss of vision, and dementia. In children, it can interfere with their ability to learn.

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