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Why is egg white used as an antidote for lead and mercurial poisoning?

Why is egg white used as an antidote for lead and mercurial poisoning?

Bind organic mercury: It has been written that the first aid for an ingestion of an organic form mercury is to give milk and egg whites to bind up as much of the organic mercury as possible. Presumably, the person would then try to vomit to get the milk - egg white - mercury mix out of his stomach. Not sure if anyone has proven this. Read more

Dr. Wm. Marcus Spurlock
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Poisoning (Definition)

Toxic ingestion (also called "poisoning") is a condition in which a person has eaten or drank a substance that causes ill symptoms or damage to his body. Taking an overdose of a medicine, taking any dose of a poison, drinking too much vodka, or accidentally drinking antifreeze. . . are all ...Read more


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Can egg whites be used as an antidote of lead and mercury poisoning?

Can egg whites be used as an antidote of lead and mercury poisoning?

Egg white remedy: Not that I'm aware of. The best remedies for heavy metal poisoning are IV chelation therapy, oral chlorella and glutathione, and sweat therapy (sauna). Iv chelation is your best bet. Read more

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How should you treat lead poisoning?

How should you treat lead poisoning?

See a specialist: The first thing to do is to make sure that you find the source of the lead so that you can stop the exposure. Next you need to see a doctor that knows how to treat this kind of condition. It may just take watchful waiting or you may need to go through a treatment called chelation. Read more

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What to do if I have lead poisoning?

What to do if I have lead poisoning?

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. Read more

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How to know if you have lead poisoning?

Blood test: Lead poisoning has a very long list of possible symptoms and can be confused with other illnesses. If you have had a history of chronic lead exposure, or are concerned, just have a simple blood test done. Read more

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How could I tell if I have lead poisoning?

Blood level: Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and mental changes. A complete blood count will show anemia. A blood level will determine if there is a poisoning which can be treated by chelation therapy which over time will bind up the lead. Lead poisoning is the most common heavy metal toxin. It can come from ingestion of lead paint, water from lead pipes and leaded gasoline. Read more

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Should I be concerned about lead poisoning?

Hard to say: If you work in an industry that recycles lead acid batteries, or have similar lead exposure, it may be an issue. Most passive lead exposure in the average life is insignificant. Simple blood tests can yield evidence of lead exposure. The newest guidelines for lead exposure trigger investigations at very low levels, while symptomatic lead toxicity is uncommon Read more

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Can I die from lead poisoning if I ignore it?

Can I die from lead poisoning if I ignore it?

Progressive disorder: Lead accumulates in tissues like nerve cells, bone etc. It interferes with the metabolic pathways of the body in a gradual and progressive way. At very low levels it may do nothing but if you have increased levels, the source needs to be identified & stopped before you acquire enough to develope brain toxicity, damage or death. Lead can be removed but rx should include eliminating the source. Read more

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What happens after lead poisoning is treated?

It depends.: This depends on how much exposure to lead there was. Damage/effects to kidneys and blood are reversible, but effects on the central nervous system are not. If a person has lead encephalopathy when chelation therapy is started, permanent brain damage, like cerebral palsey is a frequent consequence. Cancer, stroke, heart disease, hypertension, psychiatric effects, and shorter life span also occur. Read more

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Why is lead poisoning considered so dangerous?

Why is lead poisoning considered so dangerous?

Plumbism: Lead is a toxin that has several effects. It can cause brain swelling, brain damage and retardation, damage to peripheral nerves, alterations in consciousness, disorders of attention and learning, at very high levels it can cause death. Read more

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What are the first symptoms of lead poisoning?

What are the first symptoms of lead poisoning?

Constitutional: Symptoms are really variable, but include loss of appetite, abdominal pain, vomiting, weight loss, constipation, anemia, kidney failure, irritability, lethargy, learning disabilities (slow to talk), and behavioral problems (the latter usually in children). Read more

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How to determine if I might have lead poisoning?

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. Read more

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What happens to a person who has lead poisoning?

What happens to a person who has lead poisoning?

Wide spectrum: Lead poisoning may have no symptoms at all to seizures, coma and death if severe exposure. The vast majority of youngsters who have elevated levels have no symptoms until they show mild learning disabilities, the "slow" kid in the class. This can be prevented by early screening and intervention if levels elevated. We screen every child in our office between 9 & 12 months and again from 18-24 months Read more

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What are the different effects of lead poisoning?

What are the different effects of lead poisoning?

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. Read more

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Can wearing a pewter necklace lead to lead poisoning?

Not likely: Recently made pewter does not contain lead. Even old pewter is not likely to cause lead poisoning from limited contact with skin. Read more

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Could I get lead poisoning from microwaving glazed cups from mexico?

Possibly: Pottery may contain lead in the glaze. It is not advisable to eat or drink from them. Regular use could cause lead poisoning and is definitely not advisable if you are pregnant or for children. Read more

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How can you prevent lead poisoning?

Avoid exposure: The best prevention is avoidance of exposure. If you can stay away from that, that's the best way to prevent poisoning. If you must be in the environment where the exposure is inevitable, you want to use protective wear (respirators/masks) and special outfits that may protect your skin, upper respiratory tract, eyes etc. Also, showering after such exposure may remove lead particles somewhat. Read more

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What are the tests for baby lead poisoning?

Blood test: A simple blood test that can be done by a finger stick. Read more

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Why nobody gets lead poisoning from pencils?

Why nobody gets lead poisoning from pencils?

Not lead: Pencil lead is actually a non toxic material called graphite. Read more

Dr. Sarandeep Makkar
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Lead Poisoning (Definition)

A condition that occurs when lead builds up in the body, often over months or years. Even small amounts of lead can cause serious health problems. Children younger than six years are especially vulnerable to lead poisoning, which can severely affect their ...Read more