Lead poisoning is often treated with what’s called chelation therapy. Chelation agents are administered that “decrease blood lead levels by binding to (the blood cells), so that they can be excreted in the urine.” This gets the leaded blood out of the system. A chelating agent called DMSA may be administered orally, which binds to lead and mercury to help it be removed from the body. Another chelating agent called EDTA can be adminstered through infusion or injection. These treatments, though, are only for very high levels of lead.
A gastric lavage might be administered, or certain bowl irrigations might happen as well, before you resort to chelating agents. The most important thing, though, is to get to a doctor so that you can get the treatment you need.
Treatment can only begin before too much damage has taken place. Lead can be removed through the process of chelation. This process uses drugs to bind to the metal in the bloodstream and flushing it out in urine.
Lead poisoning occurs when lead builds up in the body. This process can take months or even years. Lead poisoning has been known affect physical and mental development (especially in children), and can be fatal.
Signs and symptoms of lead poisoning are hard to detect, and normally are only noticed once dangerous amounts of lead have already accumulated in the body.
Lead tends to target the oxygen-carrying protein in our red blood cells first, and will later attack the nervous system.
The first step in treating all degrees of lead poisoning is to remove the source of the contamination and remove all lead from the environment. This may be enough to reduce lead levels if not a severe case of lead poisoning. Treatment methods such as CHELATION THERAPY and EDTA THERAPY are used for treating higher levels of lead in the body.
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