Effects of Lead Poisoning

Lead poisoning is very dangerous, and very easy to contract. It takes only a very small amount of lead in your bloodstream for the effects of lead poisoning to begin to show. These effects and symptoms can start out small and quickly become very dangerous.

Chronic lead poisoning can lead to:

  • Reduced cognitive abilities
  • Nausea and abdominal pain
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia
  • A metallic taste in the mouth
  • Chest pain
  • Headaches
  • Seizure
  • Coma
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Poor appetite and weight loss
  • Anemia
  • Kidney and reproductive issues

All of the above medical issues can begin to happen very early on in lead poisoning. There are also effects of lead toxicity that can occur such as the “Burton’s line.” This is a blue colored line that runs along the gums, and is an indicator of lead in the blood. Through certain blood tests, doctors may also find effects that are generally associated with iron deficiency anemia.

Lead affects the central nervous system, and can lead to reduced nerve reception. In young children, it can also lead to extreme learning disabilities.

Lead is a very dangerous substance which should not be taken lightly. You should take preventive measures to keep yourself and your family safe from such unnecessary illness.