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Doctor insights on: Risk Of Lead Exposure Peeling Paint In Home

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My 8 yr old tested positive for lead exposure, I think our house is covered with old paint?

My 8 yr old tested positive for lead exposure, I think our house is covered with old paint?

See below: Lead-based paints were banned in 1978, therefore houses built prior probably are at risk. Risks for lead poisoning is focused on brain damage. Taking action for a blood lead level is somewhat controversial: if greater than 10 micrograms/dl for cdc standards-others feel IQ points are compromised at 5 to 7.5 or above. Bottom line-avoidance. See your pediatrician for your 8 yr old's exposure. ...Read more

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Dr. William Singer
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Lead Exposure (Definition)

Lead is a very strong poison. When a person swallows a lead object or breathes in lead dust, some of the poison can stay in the body and ...Read more


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

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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What can provide lead exposure protection?

What can provide lead exposure protection?

Know where it is: Lead is found in many products. Most famous was house paint in the old days. New paint no longer contains lead. Old gasoline contained lead, but newer forms do not. Pottery and jewelry from mexico and from china may contain lead and other dangerous metals. Lead levels can be checked, and chelation treatment can be used if too high. ...Read more

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What parts of the brain do lead exposure damage?

What parts of the brain do lead exposure damage?

Frontal/parietal: Region of the brain responsible for inhibition-lending diminished iq, poor academic performance, inability to focus, and increased risk of criminal behaviors. ...Read more

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What part of the brain does lead exposure damage, dr?

What part of the brain does lead exposure damage, dr?

Any: Depends on where it is deposited. In kids it stops normal development. But it also affects the nervous system. It is a very bad poison. ...Read more

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Some dishes chipped. Used until 11wks pregnant (now 33 wks). Worried about lead exposure.

Not likely: Dishes used for eating should never contain lead. Do not trust those imported, and avoid those labeled not for food use. You can get swabs to test surface lead (wet and they change color) in home depot, etc; the lead is often in the glaze rather than the clay, so even intact dishes with lead will not be safe. If you bought them in the us, it is unlikely they contain lead; if in doubt, get new. ...Read more

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I had high lead exposure 3 months ago and fear lead poisoning. Is any damage after 3 months irreparaible?

I had high lead exposure 3 months ago and fear lead poisoning. Is any damage after 3 months irreparaible?

LEAD EXPOSURE....: Make appointment with your doctor. It is easy to diagnose by a simple blood test. If blood level is high, there is treatment called chelation therapy to remove the lead from your system. Also find out the source of exposure, and avoid further exposure. ...Read more