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Lead Exposure (Definition)

Refers to exposure to lead. Lead can be found in peeling paint chips in buildings built prior to 1978, contaminated soil and water. Soil can be contaminated due to peeling paint and leaded gasoline. Lead in water comes from lead pipes. Lead can be found in Mexican candies and Kohl eye products from India and Middle East. Lead can ...Read more


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Risk of mercury in skin lightening creams?

Risk of mercury in skin lightening creams?

Foreign-made only.: Mercury is tightly controlled and virtually absent from cosmetics made in the U.S., but some lightening creams made in other countries do have it. It's illegal to sell mercury-containing products in the states, but people buy them online from foreign retailers, or bring them into the country in their luggage. Never use creams of any kind containing mercury; it's very dangerous. ...Read more

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What are the risks of lead exposure for baby?

What are the risks of lead exposure for baby?

Lots: Need to check your own levels....And the baby's if you have the same exposure frkm the environment.... ...Read more

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Can exposure to second hand smoke during childhood lead to an increased risk of lung cancer in my later years?

Can exposure to second hand smoke during childhood lead to an increased risk of lung cancer in my later years?

Yes: Second hand smoke can increase risk of lung cancer. 3000 americans die each year of lung cancer related to second hand smoker. Best is not to start smoking and avoid smokers when they are lighting up. ...Read more

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Could exposure to china's lead-based paint products cause autism in children?

Could exposure to china's lead-based paint products cause autism in children?

Unlikely : The mental impairments associated with lead toxicity are qualitatively different from the autism spectrum, so childhood exposure to these compounds while bad, would not yield autism. There is room for speculation on whether a mothers exposure to toxic substances in life could cause the genetic codon changes in her eggs that are later identified in autistic kids. ...Read more

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What are the health risk of mold exposure? How much mold exposure is considered hazardous?

What are the health risk of mold exposure? How much mold exposure is considered hazardous?

Mold: Mold exposure depends on the duration of exposure, there is no set level that determines a dangerous or hazardous level but chronic exposure can lead to respiratory problems. ...Read more

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Are the fumes of plumbers caulk dangerous ?

Unknown: There is little data on this. Long exposure time is probably not a good thing. ...Read more

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Can you get cancer from prolonged exposure to small amounts of carcinogens?

Can you get cancer from prolonged exposure to small amounts of carcinogens?

Yes: Any carcinogen, physical of chemical has cumulative effect and more exposure increases the risk of cancer. ...Read more

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What type of health risks can arise from drinking lead contaminated water over in Asian lake?

What type of health risks can arise from drinking lead contaminated water over in Asian lake?

The amount you would: The amount you injest over a brief period of time would be very small, unless it was the effluent from a smelting plant. Long term use would be another matter, but less harmful if you are older, rather than for children.. ...Read more

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Might exposure to second hand smoke during childhood cause an increased risk of lung cancer in my later years?

Might exposure to second hand smoke during childhood cause an increased risk of lung cancer in my later years?

Yes: Second hand smoking can cause an increased risk of cancer. Google us department of health and human services the health consequences of smoking: a report of the surgeon general. Atlanta, georgia: centers for disease control and prevention, office on smoking and health, 2004. ...Read more

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Used lead swab on inside of car because of concern about lead from my job in a older building. Test was positive mostly. is this "take home lead"?

Used lead swab on inside of car because of concern about lead from my job in a older building. Test was positive mostly. is this "take home lead"?

It is lead: It is lead and you should have your blood tested. Finding lead in your car doesn't tell where it came from. If your blood level is high let medical know at your plant. This a OSHA safety issue. ...Read more

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What are the risk from exposure to a broken CF light bulb?

What are the risk from exposure to a broken CF light bulb?

Mercury exposure: Mercury vapors escape when a cfl bulb breaks & several precautions are necessary. Stop airconditioning or fans in that room, open all doors and windows. After 15 min of airing the room, carefully gather all fragments & dispose as per local regulations for mercury containing products. Keep room open for several hours after clean up & do not switch on the ac in the room during that time. ...Read more

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Could exposure to solvents and other chemicals in military aircraft maintenance cause long term health problems?

Please list: specific chemical / solvents so that each can be reviewed. Would submit question about one chemical per entry. ...Read more

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I'm 20 F. Is there some way of reducing high chance of skin cancer after suffering from sunburns as a kid? I experienced at least 3 painful sunburns

I'm 20 F. Is there some way of reducing high chance of skin cancer after suffering from sunburns as a kid? I experienced at least 3 painful sunburns

No.: No, you can't undo the past. What you CAN do is not to add further risk, by avoiding sun exposure and smoking. Also be alert to changes in your skin. Skin cancer, even melanoma, if diagnosed early is curable with simple excision. One other thing: although your history of sun burns increases your lifetime risk of skin cancer, most people with such a history do not in fact get skin cancer. ...Read more

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If asbestos was found beneath the (cracking) floors of a building, and a person has been exposed for over 10 years, is the chance of serious health risk high?

Pretty low: For asbestos to be a health risk small fibers have to be generated into the air. Most of the asbestos in floor tile and glues is fairly stable, and only become hazardous when those are being broken up for removal. If there are concerns for how much is getting into the air sampling should be done by a certified testing company. ...Read more