Some common signs of toxic lead exposure and lead poisoning include:
- Impaired brain development in young children, causing IQ deficits and other cognitive problems
- Damage to central nervous system
- Damage to kidneys
- Damage to the male and female reproductive system
- Decreased reaction time
- Weakness in fingers, wrists or ankles
- May affect the memory
- May cause anemia, a disorder of the blood
- May be carcinogenic
- Behavior problems (such as hyperactivity)
- Slowed growth
- Hearing problems
- Difficulties during pregnancy
- High blood pressure
- Digestive problems
- Stomach problems
- Loss of appetite
- Nerve disorders
- Concentration difficulties
- Inability to sleep
- Muscle and joint pain
If you believe you or a family member have been exposed to toxic levels of lead, be sure to have your blood levels tested, and follow your physician’s advice about prevention and treatment. If the blood lead-level is above normal, contact your local health department for advice on how to find the source of the lead problem. If your home is a rental, your landlord may be required to find the source and fix the problem. To avoid poisoning, clean your home and furnishings often and thoroughly. Make sure to wash your hands before preparing food and ensure that your children wash their hands before eating. Be careful about what your children place in their mouths. Good nutrition may also be invaluable in protecting your children from the deleterious effects of toxic lead exposure. Be aware that sweeping, dusting and vacuuming may increase levels of lead in the air. Keep your children from chewing painted windowsills and other painted surfaces. Clean dirty and dusty areas carefully and make sure that children’s play areas and toys are kept clean.
Once you or a family member have ingested toxic levels of lead, there is treatment available to lower the levels in the bloodstream, but the effects of toxic exposure may be permanent and sometimes require lifetime care.
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