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How do you get lead poisoning?

How do you get lead poisoning?

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. ...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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How do you prevent yourself from getting lead poisoning?

How do you prevent yourself from getting lead poisoning?

Plumbism: Most lead poisoning these days is exposure to lead dust when removing paint from older houses, wear a mask to prevent inhaling lead containing dust check the sil around a house if yoiu are going to plant vegetables, that it does not contain lead from previous work on a structure. ...Read more

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How can you get lead poisoning?

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. ...Read more

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If you stab yourself with a pencil will you get lead poisoning?

No: No, mostly because the 'lead' in a pencil is not the metal, but graphite, which may leave a stain but does not poison. ...Read more

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Can you get lead poisoning from any regular or artist's pencils in the u.S.?

Graphite: The "lead " in pencils is not lead, the metal. It is graphite. There is nothing toxic about graphite. ...Read more

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Can you get lead poisoning from a pencil if your child accidently pricked himself?

Can you get lead poisoning from a pencil if your child accidently pricked himself?

No: The "lead" pencils do not have any lead in it, therefore no risk of poisoning. There's a risk of foreign body in ears or nose, so try to keep toddlers away from them anyway... ...Read more

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How can I get tested for lead poisoning?

How can I get tested for 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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Can I get lead poisoning from pottery from china?

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. ...Read more

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Do kids still get lead poisoning in the us? What are the sources?

Do kids still get lead poisoning in the us? What are the sources?

Yes/depends: Lead is still an issue but less common. Since the removal from most paints and gasoline, the incidence has dropped but the impact is still worrisome enough to be monitored. Random cases have emerged from kids gnawing on painted toys imported from overseas, home renovations, parents bringing home contaminated clothing for lead foundries. It can emerge in any ethnic/socioeconomic situation. ...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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If a person has a lead bullet remaining in his body, will he get lead poisoning?

If a person has a lead bullet remaining in his body, will he get lead poisoning?

No: I don't think so. I am a pediatrician so none of my patients have gunshot wounds (so far!). I think that the lead in a bullet is inert and is not absorbed (the bullet does not slowly dissolve). Lead poisoning in children typically comes from chronic ingestion of lead dust from paint chips and other sources. Perhaps one of the adult docs could give some additional information. ...Read more

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Do you know if I could get lead poisoning from herbalife? What are the symptoms and how do I get tested?

Don't worry: Herbalife is a big-big-money multilevel marketing scheme offering products that I think most healthtap physicians wouldn't recommend. From my reading, the allegations of lead in the products were brought by a single career criminal for whatever reason. If you want to be tested for lead poisoning, any physician can do it. ...Read more

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Working in environment wear solder lead is being used fumes present in room can I get lead poisoning being in room 4-6hours?

Working in environment wear solder lead is being used fumes present in room can I get lead poisoning being in room 4-6hours?

Monitor: Hopefully there are health standards being followed. If you are concerned obtain a lead level. Talk to your company about your concerns as this likely involves other workers. All the best and be safe. ...Read more

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How to get rid of lead poisoning?

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. ...Read more

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How can kids get lead poisoning from wooden toys?

How can kids get lead poisoning from wooden toys?

From the paint: Lead poisoning comes from mouthing the toys that are painted with lead paint. Be careful with toys made outside the US. In the past, toys from China and other countries, sold here. Have had high lead levels. ...Read more

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If a person gets lead stuck in their arm will they get lead poisoning?

Pencil "lead"?: I am assuming you mean a pencil "lead" breaking off under the skin. If that is not correct let me know. A pencil "lead" is not lead, but actually a form of carbon called graphite. So they will not get lead poisoning. ...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