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Im 22 yrs old living in an old home in Baltimore. Sometimes I drink Tap water.Could this water contain Lead & what are symtomps of lead poisoning?

Im 22 yrs old living in an old home in Baltimore. Sometimes I drink Tap water.Could this water contain Lead & what are symtomps of lead poisoning?

Hard to say: Any water source could be contaminated by lead & many other things.Most urban centers monitor their water supply & filter out the lead. If your home is ancient and has old pipes that were soldered with lead based material it could be a home issue.You can have your water tested or call your city water department for the lead level.Lead is insidious,causing anemia long before it affects the brain ...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


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I'm 23 years old just how serious is lead poisoning and got any home remedies?

I'm 23 years old just how serious is lead poisoning and got any home remedies?

Can be very serious: Lead poisoning can be very serious, depending on the degree, but even low levels of lead toxicity are associated with increased risk of heart attacks,stroke & death. The best treatment is chelation with EDTA (IV, oral or rectal) &/or DMSA but supplements like Vit. C, Vit D, chlorella & purified zeolites can also help. See http://bit.ly/1hzLKKF & http://bit.ly/1x95qsX Ideally work with a good Dr. ...Read more

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If we live in an older home, should I be concerned about my baby getting lead poisoning?

If we live in an older home, should I be concerned about my baby getting lead poisoning?

Yes: All infants should be checked for lead at ~1 and 2 yrs of age. In older homes, be careful about peeling paint, a common source of lead poisoning. ...Read more

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Is it possible the lead paint in our home caused my son to get lead poisoning?

Possibly: If your child was exposed by ingesting the lead from paint chips or erosion, maybe. Ablood test could confirm the possibility. ...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?

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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What could my IQ be if I didn't have lead poisoning?

What could my IQ be if I didn't have lead poisoning?

Cognitive impact : depends on age of onset, duration & blood levels. 5 ?g/dl is evidence of lead exposure that needs attention. 45 ?g/dl or > warrants chelation. Both parents' IQ's contribute 25% of cognitive potential; prenatal exposure to alcohol tobacco &/or drugs & environmental factors like poverty, diet & low parental involvement contribute, also. A low blood level, 5-10 ?g/dl, decreases IQ by 3.9 points. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for lead poisoning?

Chelation therapy: Preventing further exposure and in severe cases treatment with edta to remove lead from the body. Consult the site below for more information. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/lead-poisoning/fl00068/dsection=treatments-and-drugs. ...Read more