PREVIOUS QUESTION:

 

NEXT QUESTION:

 

Who can get heavy metal poisoning?

ANSWER

You might get heavy metal poisoning if you:

  • Work in a factory that uses heavy metals
  • Breathe in old lead paint dust when you fix up your home
  • Eat fish caught in an area with high levels of mercury
  • Use herbal medicines that have heavy metals in them

From: What Is Heavy Metal Poisoning? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Oregon Public Health, Division Environmental Public Health: “Heavy metals and your

health: Frequently asked questions about testing, treatment and prevention.”

Consumer Reports: “Be Wary of Bogus Supplements for Lead Poisoning.”

FDA: “Questions and Answers on Unapproved Chelation Products.”

Medscape: “Heavy Metal Toxicity.”

National Organization for Rare Disorders: “Heavy Metal Poisoning.”

UpToDate: “Lead Poisoning (The Basics).”

Poison Control, National Capital Poison Center: “Chelation: Therapy or ‘Therapy’?”

Environmental Protection Agency: “Protect Your Family from Exposures to Lead.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 09, 2018

SOURCES:

Oregon Public Health, Division Environmental Public Health: “Heavy metals and your

health: Frequently asked questions about testing, treatment and prevention.”

Consumer Reports: “Be Wary of Bogus Supplements for Lead Poisoning.”

FDA: “Questions and Answers on Unapproved Chelation Products.”

Medscape: “Heavy Metal Toxicity.”

National Organization for Rare Disorders: “Heavy Metal Poisoning.”

UpToDate: “Lead Poisoning (The Basics).”

Poison Control, National Capital Poison Center: “Chelation: Therapy or ‘Therapy’?”

Environmental Protection Agency: “Protect Your Family from Exposures to Lead.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 09, 2018

NEXT QUESTION:

How do doctors diagnose and treat UTIs?

WAS THIS ANSWER HELPFUL

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

    This tool does not provide medical advice. See additional information.

    Other Answers On: