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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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What is the treatment for lead overdose that is best and has fewest side effects?

What is the treatment for lead overdose that is best and has fewest side effects?

Lead poisoning: In most cases of lead poisoning, removal from exposure is the only therapy needed. If blood lead levels exceed a certain concentration, chelation therapy may be necessary, which is really a clinical judgment call. Exposure to lead must cease before chelation therapy begins. Dmsa (succimer) is fda-approved for lead-poisoned children, and is effective in adults. It is taken by mouth. ...Read more

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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

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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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How can I treat lead poisoning?

Not a matter for: Self treatment. Lead poisoning may require chelation therapy, please consult your doctor. For more information on prevention, symptoms etc see this site.
http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002473.htm. ...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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Are the symptoms of lead poisoning bad?

Are the symptoms of lead poisoning bad?

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. ...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 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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What are usual symptoms of lead poisoning?

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]. ...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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Who is at typically risk for lead poisoning?

Old pAint/Ocupation: In the us, the major risk to children is from lead-based paints and soil and dust contaminated with lead-based paint. Also lead jewelry, toys, and other lead items. For adults, the primary source of lead exposure is occupational (such as scraping off old lead paint, smelters, battery manufacturing, and radiator repair) rather than ingestion, Ayurvedic home remedies contamination. ...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 exactly is lead poisoning first discovered?

How exactly is lead poisoning first discovered?

Blood test: Elevated lead levels can be detected by a blood test. As a pediatrician, I normally check at risk children at 9 months (when they start crawling) and at 2 years of age; this is done at their check-ups. Lead poisoning can lead to severe neurological problems, so if you suspect a problem, check with your doctor asap. ...Read more

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Can soldering around lead cause lead poisoning?

No unless done often: Soldering is where solder is melted by a hot iron and allowed to cool, thus joining 2 pieces of metal, etc. If this is done rarely, like once in a while, it likely won't cause any side effects, even with lead, but if done often, it might cause lead poisoning as the process might cause some of the lead to be melted, if hot enough. Still, lead has a very high melting point, so it must be very hot. ...Read more

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What is lead poisoning in children link to soil?

Flaking lead paint: Soil around old houses contains flakes of house paints that used to contain lead. Children get lead poisoning by eating dirt/soil contaminated with lead. ...Read more

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Help! As artist, I possibly have lead poisoning?

Call Your Doctor: If you have serious concerns, call your doctor. Do not wait for finding answers on a website! ...Read more

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Are children more susceptible to lead poisoning?

Are children more susceptible to lead poisoning?

Yes: Sure. They are the ones picking stuff up off the floor and putting it in their mouths. Adults can also get lead poisoning if they work with lead products, it's fairly prevalent in gunsmiths who pack their own ammo. ...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 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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What to do if I'm concerned about lead poisoning?

Testing available: There are simple blood tests that can document any lead exposure and or build up. X-rays of the long bones can sometimes document long term exposure. The presence of low levels in the blood is relatively common. ...Read more

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Why does lead poisoning be a problem for childrent?

Children more vulner: Children are more vulnerable to lead poisoning but anyone can be affected by lead toxicity. Since infants & toddlers often mouth objects & may eat strange material, they can acquire lead from painted surfaces. Once in the system, the lead can travel to blood, producing an anemia &settle in the developing brain. The build up within the brain can have profound effects., . ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens after lead poisoning?

Varies with age and: Severity of poisoning. Effects are most severe in fetus and young children as lead can impair brain development. In adults it cause neuropathy, colic, anemia etc. See this site for more info.
http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002473.htm. ...Read more

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