Lead was used extensively in construction in Toronto, and throughout Southern Ontario. There is lead paint on the walls and lead pipes deliver water to our homes. There is just no escaping lead exposure to some degree if you live in the area. And that’s a shame, because it’s also quite dangerous. Like most harmful substances, there is no level of exposure to lead that is considered safe. What seemingly has no effect on healthy adults, for example, can be very damaging to children. There are a wide range of symptoms of lead poisoning, and if you have any of them, you should arrange a blood test with your doctor. Then you should call a professional lead removal company to rid your home of this nasty stuff.
Symptoms of Lead Poisoning
Usually the symptoms of exposure to a harmful substance, like lead, get progressively worse with prolonged exposure. What begins as frequent headaches and a feeling of being generally “off” can evolve into something much more serious as time goes by and the level of lead in the bloodstream goes up. Some of the symptoms of lead exposure include:
- Difficulty paying attention or remembering details. In fact, many people diagnosed with lead exposure are frequently diagnosed while being evaluated for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD);
- Irritability and mood disorders;
- Anemia, which is a serious condition that decreases the healthy red blood cells that carry oxygen-rich blood to the tissues;
- Stomach aches and general digestive disorders;
- Headaches, muscle and joint pain;
- Kidney and liver damage;
- Fatigue and muscle weakness; and,
- High blood pressure.
As you can see, there is a long list of problems that can be attributed to lead poisoning. If you have any reason to suspect lead poisoning for yourself or any member of your household, don’t self-diagnose! Confirm your suspicions with your doctor, determine a treatment plan to improve your health, and THEN come up with a plan to eliminate the source of lead in your home. A professional lead removal, or lead abatement company is essential to get your health back.
Who is at Risk?
When it comes to lead poisoning, we’re all at risk. However, those who are most susceptible to the damaging effects of lead are children. Their smaller size and immature circulatory system leave them virtually defenseless against the harmful effects of lead. And those effects start at much lower levels of exposure. While lead exposure in children can be treated, the best outcomes are when it is discovered early and the source of the exposure is removed as soon as possible.
If you suspect any of the symptoms of lead poisoning may be causing your health issue, speak with your doctor. When there is a lead problem in your house, this is not a DIY project for the home renovation enthusiast. The safe treatment and removal of lead requires the services of a professional lead removal company.