Signs You Have Been Exposed to Lead Poisoning

Signs You Have Been Exposed to Lead Poisoning

Lead poisoning is usually caused by contact with lead-based paint in old buildings, especially the ones constructed before 1978. Lead poisoning causes severe health issues in people; however, children are more susceptible to its adverse effects.

In fact, if the exposure is prolonged it can prove deadly as well. Thankfully, lead poisoning can be treated but in order to find the right treatment you must first be familiar with the signs and symptoms of lead poisoning that can help you identify the problem:

The Signs

Lead poisoning can take months and even years to show signs of manifestation. However, by then it’s too late. But there are some early symptoms that can help identify lead poisoning in early stages of exposure so you can get help in time.


As discussed above, lead poisoning attacks children the most so the symptoms are also more evident in children. These include;

  • Facing difficulty in learning
  • Cognitive retardation
  • Physical retardation
  • Unhealthy or complete loss of appetite
  • Exhaustion, weariness and fatigue
  • Loss of hearing
  • Seizures and fits
  • Throwing up
  • Sluggish behavior
  • Disturbed bowel movements
  • Behavioral issues


Lead poisoning can affect babies, right after birth, contributing to symptoms like;

  • Premature birth
  • Weighing lesser than average birth weight
  • Growth retardation (mental and physical)

Contrary to popular belief, lead poisoning doesn’t just affect young children and newborns. It has adverse effects on adults as well. These go unnoticed because the symptoms aren’t as evident as those in children.


  • Increased muscular and joint pain
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Headache
  • Abdominal pain
  • Mood swings
  • Erectile Dysfunction (abnormal or decreased sperm count)
  • Premature births, stillbirths and even miscarriages in pregnant women

Once you pick on these signs, you can consult medical attention however in the meantime to put a seal on lead exposure in your surroundings, get in touch with an experienced and reliable lead abatement service provider, that works under the EPA requirements of lead assessment and risk inspection in old buildings or buildings going through repairs, renovations or painting.

At Aci-Tech, all our lead remediation equipment is certified by authorities, and our technicians are licensed and registered by the EPA so we know what to do to help you in your time of need. We also provide asbestos testing and removal services across Pennsylvania. So contact us for all your asbestos and lead poisoning related problems and we promise we won’t disappoint!