What is the treatment for lead exposure?

If you or somebody you love has been exposed to lead, the first step in a treatment program is to remove the source of contamination.

The next step is to ensure that the person suffering from lead poisoning is eating a nutritious diet, as a well-fed body will absorb less lead than a nutritionally deficient body.

If levels of lead in the body are very high, chelation therapy may be tried – but it is very important that the source of lead be removed from the patient’s environment first.

Unfortunately, it does not appear possible to reverse the effects of lead exposure by using chelation therapy. This is all the more reason to prevent exposure to lead in the first place – a job we expect our government agencies and manufacturers to take seriously.

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