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3 Types of Lead Poisoning Symptoms Iowa Residents Should Watch Out For

Lead poisoning in Iowa can be very hard to detect in most people, and sadly, signs of lead poisoning typically do not appear until dangerous amounts of lead have already accumulated in the blood. Although children are most at risk for lead poisoning, adults who appear to be healthy can have high levels of lead in their blood as well. 

Adults in Iowa typically suffer from lead poisoning due to occupational exposure and environmental hazards. Early symptoms of adult lead poisoning include loss of appetite, depression, nausea, abdominal pain and muscle pain. Sometimes, adults will experience an unusual taste in their mouths as well. As exposure to the lead continues, adults continue to poison themselves without even knowing it. 

Symptoms of lead poisoning can differ between adults and children. Three types of lead poisoning symptoms found in adults may include physical symptoms, behavioral symptoms, and neurological symptoms.

Lead Poisoning Physical Symptoms in Adults Include:

  • Headaches
  • Stomachaches and abdominal pain 
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness of the muscles
  • High blood pressure
  • Kidney failure
  • Pain, tingling and numbness of the extremities
  • Male reproductive problems and lower sperm count
  • Higher chance of miscarriage or premature birth in pregnant women

Lead Poisoning Behavioral Symptoms in Adults Include:

  • Memory loss 
  • Changes in mood 
  • Changes in personality and irritability
  • Insomnia 
  • Trouble concentrating or focusing 

Lead Poisoning Neurological Symptoms in Adults Include

  • Seizures
  • Weakness in the feet and hands
  • Trouble with coordination
  • Paralysis
  • Unconsciousness (coma)

As you can see, most of these symptoms or signs of lead poisoning can also be related to other medical issues. Unless someone experiences the catastrophic effects of lead poisoning, such as paralysis, seizures or a coma, it can be hard to spot lead poisoning in most people. If you experience these serious symptoms, get to the emergency room immediately. 

If you have experienced any combination of the other mentioned signs of lead poisoning, it is important to see your doctor for further testing. Lead poisoning in Iowa can affect your organs, kidneys, heart, reproductive system, nervous system, and more. 

If you or a family member has suffered from lead poisoning in Iowa, contact the Cedar Rapids lead poisoning attorneys at Brady Preston Gronlund today at (319) 866-9277 for a free legal evaluation. You can also request our FREE book, Get the Lead Out, by visiting our website today.

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