Lead Poisoning

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:

Lead Poisoning (Discharge Care) Care Guide

Lead poisoning happens when you have dangerous levels of lead in your blood. It commonly happens from the accidental inhalation or ingestion of items that contain lead. Lead is found in paint, batteries, and gasoline fumes. Lead is easily absorbed and can cause nervous system damage.

AFTER YOU LEAVE:

Follow up with your primary healthcare provider as directed:

You may need to return for more tests. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Reduce the risk of lead exposure:

Local health departments can help you find resources to identify and reduce lead in your home or in your community. Ask your primary healthcare provider for more information.

Self-care:

  • Rest: Rest when you feel it is needed. Slowly start to do more each day. Return to your daily activities as directed.

  • Drink more liquids: This may help your kidneys get rid of the lead. Ask how much liquid to drink each day and which liquids are best for you.

  • Eat healthy foods: Healthy foods include fruits, vegetables, whole-grain breads, low-fat dairy products, beans, lean meats, and fish. These may help you feel better and have more energy. Ask if you need to be on a special diet.

  • Ask about supplements: You may need to take supplements with iron, calcium, or vitamin D. Iron may help to decrease anemia caused by lead poisoning. Calcium and vitamin D may decrease blood levels of lead. Ask your primary healthcare provider how much of each to take.

For more information:

  • National Lead Information Center
    422 South Clinton Avenue
    Rochester , NY 14620
    Phone: 1- 800 - 424
    Web Address: http://www.epa.gov/opptintr/lead

Contact your primary healthcare provider if:

  • You have a fever.

  • Your symptoms get worse, or do not go away.

  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • You have been sleeping more, or have more difficulty than usual waking up.

  • You have a seizure.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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