Environmental Health - Lead
Lead is a common metal, which has been used over the years in many
consumer products. It can still be found in lead based paint and under
some conditions in air, soil, household dust, pottery, food, plumbing
pipes and components, and drinking water. If it is inhaled or swallowed,
lead can build up in the body over time. If too much lead enters the
body, it can damage the brain, nervous system, red blood cells, and
Lead in drinking water can be a particular problem for
infants who drink formula made with tap water. Pregnant women and
nursing mothers also need to be concerned about the lead levels in
drinking water, since it can be passed on to unborn children and
Common sources of Lead
- Lead dust – Household dust can contain lead from deteriorated,
interior lead based paint or tracked contaminated soil. Lead dust
can be created during remodeling or renovation projects, or when
lead-based paint is not removed in a lead-safe way.
- Lead-Based Paint – Eating cracking, chipping and peeling
lead-based paint is also a lead source for young children. Lead
paint was used on the inside and outside of homes built before 1978.
- Soil – Soil can be contaminated with lead from deteriorated, exterior
paint on homes, buildings, or fences. As the result of past use of
leaded gasoline, lead can also be found in the soil near major roadways
or intersections in urban areas.
- Food – Plants usually do not absorb lead unless there is a large
amount of lead in the soil.
- Water – Lead levels in your water are likely to be the highest if
your home or water system had lead pipes or copper pipes with lead solder.
- Folk Medicine – Many folk remedies contain lead and should not be used.
Please talk to your doctor if you are using any of the following folk
remedies that may contain lead: Alarcon, bali gali, empacho, Alcohol,
bint al zahab, greta, Azarcon, cora, farouk, Ghasard, liga, Kandu,
lozeena, Kohl, pay-loo-ah