Lead poisoning is a debilitating, potentially deadly condition that affects thousands of Americans each year. And children are especially at risk.\nLead poisoning affects thousands of Americans each year. Learn more. Click To Tweet\nDeveloping bodies are particularly vulnerable to the effects of lead. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 140,000 children were tested for lead poisoning in Pennsylvania in 2014. Of these, 1,800 tested positive for significant levels of lead exposure.\nSymptoms of Lead Poisoning\nLead exposure symptoms are subtle \u2014 if at all detectable. They often mimic the symptoms of other health or behavioral problems.\nThe key is to identify potential sources of lead exposure and then be tested. Children\u00a0with lead poisoning may experience:\n\nStomach ache\nIrritability or anger\nMood swings\nHyperactivity or difficulty concentrating\n\nSymptoms of lead exposure often mimic symptoms of other health problems. #leadpoisoning Click To Tweet\nAdults can experience similar changes in mood and behavior, including difficulty concentrating and remembering. Other lead poisoning symptoms in adults may include:\n\nHigh blood pressure\nJoint pain\nConstipation\nMiscarriage and premature birth for women\n\nExtremely high levels of lead can result in seizure, coma, paralysis, and even death.\nLead Poisoning Prevention and Early Detection\nIf you or your child show signs of these symptoms, consider being tested for lead exposure. A simple lead blood test can be ordered by your doctor.\nRather than relying on the symptoms, it’s better to be aware of the sources of lead and be tested if you or your children have had a potential exposure.\nHow Are People Exposed to Lead?\nExposure to lead can happen\u00a0through physical contact, ingestion, or inhalation.\nPeople who live in homes built prior to 1978 are at an increased risk of lead exposure. Houses built prior to this year could contain lead paint, which then contaminates dust particles. About 24 million homes in the United State have an unsafe level of lead from decades-old deteriorating paint.\nFact: About 24 million homes in the US have an unsafe level of lead from deteriorating paint. Click To Tweet\nThe most common sources of lead exposure:\n\nOccupational exposure such as\u00a0glass-making, being around\u00a0firearms, metal workers, etc.\nWorking in dirt with high levels of lead\nDrinking water that flows through lead pipes\nExposure to industrial pollution\nEating food that’s been in contact with ceramics that contain lead\nExposure to folk remedies that use herbs and vitamins from other countries that may contain lead\nContact\u00a0with jewelry or toys made of lead or have lead-based paint\n\nIf you or your child have potentially been in contact with lead, make an appointment with your health care provider today to be tested for lead.\nIf you have any questions about lead exposure sources, or other lead concerns, you can contact the\u00a0Pennsylvania Department of Health, who operates a lead information line. By calling 1-800-440-LEAD (5323), you can get more information about your potential lead exposures.