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Lead Poisoning


Who is at highest risk of lead poisoning?

Lead poisoning can occur at any age.

Lead poisoning can include people who:

  • Drink water that flows through pipes that were soldered with lead.
  • Work with lead either in their job or as a hobby (for example, marksmen or women (ammunition), police officers, metal smelters, welders, pottery makers, and stained glass and other metal artists).
  • Live in or regularly visit homes or buildings built before 1978. These buildings may have lead-based paint. The risk is even higher in buildings built before 1950, when lead-based paint was more commonly used.
  • Eat food from cans made with lead solder. These types of cans aren’t made in the United States.
  • Cook or store food in ceramic containers. Some ceramic glaze contains lead that may not have been properly fired or cured.
  • Eat or breathe traditional or folk remedies that contain lead, such as some herbs and vitamins from other countries.
  • Live in communities with a lot of industrial pollution.
  • Immigrants, refugees, or adoptees from other countries.  They may have been exposed to higher lead levels in these countries.
  • Children 6 years old or younger. Young children are at higher risk because:
    • They often put their hands and objects in their mouths.
    • They sometimes swallow nonfood items.
    • Their bodies absorb lead at a higher rate.
    • Their brains are developing quickly.

What are the symptoms?  To name a few…

You may not notice any symptoms at first. The effects are easy to miss and may seem related to other conditions.

In adults, lead poisoning can cause:

  • Changes in behavior, mood, personality, irritability and sleep patterns.
  • Memory Loss and trouble thinking clearly.
  • Loss of appetite, weight loss.
  • Weakness and muscle problems.
  • Headaches and abdominal pain.
  • High Blood Pressure.
  • Reduced sperm count in men and Miscarriage or premature birth in pregnant women.
  • Severe cases can cause seizures and paralysis.

In children, symptoms can include:

  • Slightly lower intelligence and smaller size compared to children of the same age.
  • Behavior problems, such as acting angry, moody, or hyperactive.
  • Learning problems.
  • Lack of energy, and not feeling hungry.

Source for this information was WedMd, MayoClinic and eMedicine Health

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