Lead toxicity occurs when lead builds up in the body over a period of months to years. Individuals who work in automotive shops or preform home renovations may be especially vulnerable. Lead based paint and contaminated dust in older buildings is also of concern.
Evidence of lead toxicity often is not apparent until levels are very high. Symptoms include: headache, high blood pressure, numbness and tingling in the extremities, abdominal pain and memory loss. Toxicity can be diagnosed by a simple blood or urine test. Treatment is usually with chelation therapy, which binds to the lead so it can be excreted in the feces and/or urine.
Dr. Anne Hermann, a holistic internal medicine physician, offers lead toxicity testing and treatment to her patients. Offices are maintained in Tampa and Saint Petersburg Beach, Florida. Please call the office at (813) 902-9559 for more information or to schedule an appointment.