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The Facts About Lead Exposure

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With recent news headlines filled with information about lead tainted water in the midwest (specifically, Flint, Michigan), have you found yourself wondering about Lead Poisoning? What it is? What the affects are on you and your children? How can  you get it? If so, this post is for you.

Lead exposure can affect nearly every system in the body. Lead is everywhere and is hard to stay clear of. Sources of lead exposure can include all sorts of things such as paint, gasoline, solder, and consumer product such as candy, jewelry, toys and more. Kids are more often exposed to lead due to the sheer amount of items they use that contain lead.

Lead can be carried into the system by numerous pathways, such as air, food, water, dust, and soil. Although, there are several exposure sources, lead-based paint is the most widespread and dangerous high-dose source of lead exposure for young children. Symptoms include developmental delays, abdominal pain, neurologic changes, and irritability. At very high levels, it can be fatal.

More often than not, there are no symptoms at all. Because lead exposure often occurs with no obvious symptoms, it frequently goes unrecognized. A blood lead test is the only way to find out if your child has a high lead level. Most children with high levels of lead in their blood have no symptoms. Your doctor can recommend treatment if you or your child has been exposed to lead or has lead poisoning.

If you are worried about lead exposure or poisoning, please contact your doctor right away. We will help you determine if high levels of lead are in the body and can provide help.

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