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Health Info - Lead-based paint

Health effects of lead


Lead particles can be inhaled or swallowed. Either way, lead is absorbed and can accumulate in the body. Untreated lead poisoning in adults, children and pets can be fatal. Children are affected more severely and at lower blood levels than adults. Common short term symptoms of lead poisoning are shown below:

  • loss of appetite, constipation or nausea
  • fatigue, irritability or headaches
  • muscle weakness.

Continued exposure or high levels of exposure can have far more serious effects such as:

  • abdominal cramps or vomiting
  • confusion, unconsciousness or vomiting
  • paralysis (wrist drop)