How Is Lead Poisoning Treated?

The initial step of treatment is to locate and remove the source of lead. It is good to keep children away from the source of lead. If the source of lead is not able to be removed, then it should be sealed. Calling the local health department can advise ways to identify and remove the source of lead in the home as well as in the community. For children and adults with low lead levels, simply avoiding exposure to lead reduces blood lead levels. In severe cases, the doctor might recommend,

Chelation Therapy - In this treatment, medication given by mouth binds with the lead and gets excreted in the urine. This treatment is advised for children having blood lead levels of 45 mcg/dL or more and adults with high blood lead levels.
Ethylenediaminetetraacetic Acid (Edta) Chelation Therapy - Healthcare providers treat adults with lead levels greater than 45 mcg/dL and children who cannot tolerate drugs used in conventional chelation therapy most commonly with a chemical called calcium disodium ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA). This EDTA is given through injection.