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Diagnosis and Treatment of Lead Poisoning

Diagnosis and Treatment of Lead Poisoning

Sadly, in our contaminated world, we are all exposed to heavy metals which seep into our systems and wreak havoc on our health. Lead poisoning, despite attempts to regulate its use, is still a factor today, especially in developing countries. What do we need to know about lead poisoning, and how can it be treated?

Sources of Lead Contamination

The most common source of lead contamination comes from lead-based paint which may still be present on the walls of older houses or on old furniture. Flakes of paint or dust may be inhaled without us even knowing. Lead may also be present in our water, soil and the air we breathe – through no fault of our own, and come from batteries, cosmetics, pollution from factories or even our own jobs and hobbies which may make use of lead solder. 

Symptoms of Lead Poisoning

Because the effects of lead poisoning are cumulative, we may not immediately notice anything amiss. However, as the levels of lead rise in our bodies – and especially that of children – we will begin to see some of the following symptoms:

  • Irritability
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Vomiting
  • Difficulty learning and concentrating
  • Seizures
  • Mood disorders

Treatment for Lead Poisoning

It’s important to get a correct and definitive diagnosis if you suspect that you or someone in your family is suffering from lead poisoning, and just as important to eliminate the cause of the contamination before seeking treatment.

One of the most common treatments for lead poisoning is Chelation. Chelation is administered by mouth or injection, depending on the patient, and introduces a chemical which binds with the lead in the body and allows it to be excreted in the urine.

The good news is that lead poisoning is preventable, and once you understand why you are suffering from the symptoms, treatment is quick and painless. If you feel that you may be experiencing lead poisoning, please talk to Dr Sanua who offers chelation therapy as well as other complementary natural treatments to get you back to full health.

 

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