Other sources of exposure that contribute to lead poisoning
Other sources of lead poisoning include:
- Traditional medicines
- Casting ammunition, fishing weights, or toy soldiers
- Making stained glass
- Making pottery
- Refinishing furniture
- Burning lead-painted wood
Published data, as well as anecdotal evidence from clinicians and others who work with lead-poisoned children, have identified a variety of other sources of concern.
Many "non-Western" medicines (for example, greta and azarcon used to treat diarrhea or gastrointestinal upset) and cosmetics (for example, surma or kohl used around the eye for decorative or medicinal purposes) contain substantial quantities of lead and other metals. Rather than occurring as trace ingredients or trace contaminants, various lead compounds are used as major ingredients of traditional medicines in numerous parts of the world. "Traditional healers," using non- Western pharmacopeias, manufacture these products, which are often brought to recent immigrant groups by friends and relatives. Examples of such exposures have been reported from the Arab cultures, from the Indo-Pakistan subcontinent, from China, and from Latin America.
Many hobbies can result in substantial exposures to lead. For example, molten lead can be used in casting ammunition and making fishing weights or toy soldiers; leaded solder is used in making stained glass; leaded glazes and frits are used in making pottery; and artists' paints may contain lead. Furniture refinishing may also result in lead exposure.
In some areas, the burning of lead-painted wood in home stoves and fireplaces is a source of lead exposure. Lead fumes are generated, ashes contaminate the home, and ashes are often disposed of in the back yard, resulting in contamination of the environment.
Folk remedies containing lead include:
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