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What are the Effects of Lead Poisoning on Health?

Lead can enter through the body quickly in large doses, or small doses slowly over time. Lead poisoning may have no obvious symptoms, however it has serious health effects.

For children, the effects of lead poisoning may include:

  • Damage to brain and nervous system
  • Loss of intelligence
  • Learning disability; behavioral problems
  • Slowed growth
  • Coma, convulsions, and even death

For adults, the effects of lead poisoning may include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Nerve disorders
  • Kidney problems
  • Problems conceiving and having children

NOTE: Because lead poisoning often occurs without any obvious symptoms, it is recommended that children, women of childbearing age, and adults who may be exposed to lead in the workplace be tested if there is a possibility of lead in their environment.