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Lead Poisoning in Adults

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

What is lead poisoning?

Lead poisoning is dangerous levels of lead in your blood. Poisoning usually happens when items that contain lead are accidentally inhaled or swallowed. Lead is found in paint, batteries, and gasoline fumes. Lead is easily absorbed and can cause nervous system damage. Lead also replaces calcium in bones.

What increases my risk for lead poisoning?

What are the signs and symptoms of lead poisoning?

How is lead poisoning diagnosed?

How is lead poisoning treated?

What can I do to care for myself?

Where can I find more information?

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) or have someone call if:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

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