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How long can I be exposed to lead before I feel symptoms?
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Dr. Osman Farooq
Pediatrics - Neurology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Depends
Just being 'exposed' to lead does not mean that you will develop symptoms.
The lead has to be absorbed into the system in order to feel symptoms. For example, just having lead based paint on your walls does not necessarily mean that you will have symptoms. If the paint chips are put into the mouth (as kids sometimes may do), then the lead gets absorbed and symptoms can develop.

In brief: Depends
Just being 'exposed' to lead does not mean that you will develop symptoms.
The lead has to be absorbed into the system in order to feel symptoms. For example, just having lead based paint on your walls does not necessarily mean that you will have symptoms. If the paint chips are put into the mouth (as kids sometimes may do), then the lead gets absorbed and symptoms can develop.
Dr. Osman Farooq
Dr. Osman Farooq
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Dr. Wm. Marcus Spurlock
Preventive Medicine
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In brief: Heavy Metals Poison
You may never know that the way you feel is due to lead.
It can make you very ill with nausea and vomitting if the levels are very high. But slow lead poisoning may not be apparent until testing. If you suspect lead exposure, have your physician check you.

In brief: Heavy Metals Poison
You may never know that the way you feel is due to lead.
It can make you very ill with nausea and vomitting if the levels are very high. But slow lead poisoning may not be apparent until testing. If you suspect lead exposure, have your physician check you.
Dr. Wm. Marcus Spurlock
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Dr. Diane Minich
Family Medicine
In brief: Varies
If you think you have had lead exposure see your doctor and get a lead level checked, You may not recognize subtle symptoms.

In brief: Varies
If you think you have had lead exposure see your doctor and get a lead level checked, You may not recognize subtle symptoms.
Dr. Diane Minich
Dr. Diane Minich
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