According to Health Canada, it depends on the amount of lead one is exposed to. Also, lead is known to cause more serious problems in children and pregnant women than other people.
Short term effects of exposure to high levels of lead include vomiting, diarrhea or convulsions. Serious cases can lead to coma or death.
If one is exposed to small amounts of lead over a long period of time, they may develop anemia, brain damage kidney failure or nervous system problems. Other symptoms can include appetite loss, fatigue and headaches. Lead exposure can lead to miscarriages and stillbirths in women.
There are very negative effects to overexposure to lead. It can cause a variety of symptoms and signs which vary depending on the individual and the duration of lead exposure. Symptoms develop over weeks to months as lead builds up in the body during a chronic exposure and acute symptoms from brief intense exposures can also occur. Symptoms may be different in adults and children. The main symptoms in adults are headache, abdominal pain, memory loss, kidney failure, weakness and tingling in the extremities.
Symptoms in children are loss of appeite, abdominal pain, vomiting, weight loss, anemia, and kidney failure.
In adults, occupational exposure is the main cause of lead poisoning. People can be exposed when working in facilities that produce a variety of lead containing products.
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