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Lead poisoning: Diagnosis and treatment

Lead poisoning is a serious health concern that requires immediate medical attention. Although it's best to avoid this altogether, if you or your loved one is dealing with lead poisoning it's good to know that there are treatment options to consider.

If you have any reason to believe that you (or your child) has lead poisoning, ask your doctor for more information. He or she can run a blood test to determine if you're at risk.

While it's simple enough to diagnose lead poisoning, it's never as easy to treat this condition. Here are a few things you need to know about treatment:

  • The first step is to remove the source of contamination. In other words, you don't want to continue to expose yourself to the problem.
  • Chelation therapy can treat moderate to high levels of lead poisoning. With this, an oral medication is administered with the idea that it will bind to the lead and eventually makes its way out of the body during urination.
  • EDTA chelation therapy is another option. This is typically used with higher lead levels or with children who are unable to tolerate the more conventional approach. EDTA chelation therapy is given by injection.

It's better to be safe than sorry when it comes to lead poisoning. This is a serious problem that can have serious consequences, such as holding a child back from developing.

Fortunately, diagnosis is easy enough and there are treatment options available. By working closely with the right medical team, you can gain a better understanding of what you should and shouldn't be doing.

Once you learn more about your treatment options, you should make sure you avoid exposure in the future. You should also learn more about the original cause of your problem, as you may be in position to file a lawsuit against a negligent party, such as a landlord.

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