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Lead is virtually everywhere, and you can’t see, taste, or smell it. Sources include contaminated air, water and soil.
Lead poisoning typically occurs over time. In children, however, even small amounts can cause immediate health problems. No levels in the body are safe. At very high levels, lead poisoning can be fatal.
When adults contract lead poisoning, they can typically trace it to the workplace. You can inhale lead dust or fumes, or swallow dust while eating, drinking or smoking. Anyone who has worked with lead-based products is at risk.
Most commonly, you’ll find lead in old buildings (particularly those built before the 1960s) in lead-based paint, fine lead dust or plumbing fixtures. Other sources include lead bullets and batteries.
Lead poisoning often causes people to suffer from:
The longer you are exposed to lead, the more likely it is that it is poisoning you. Long-term complications include:
Older house and workplaces are the most common source of lead poisoning. Consult a lawyer if you believe that your home or office is making you sick.
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