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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)

usually done at 1 year routinely.gives us the level of lead the child is exposed to ..if greater than5 microgram/deciliter can cause silent ireversable brain damage if left untreatec lead is is a heavy metal can damage other body tissues lead is quite commonly seen i many everyday things surrounding ...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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