Q. What can I do to avoid lead exposure?
Lead exposure can cause anemia, make you irritable, affect your memory and ability to concentrate, and it can increase blood pressure, particularly in older people.
Lead can also lead to digestive problems and cataracts. Exposure to high lead levels can be fatal.
The following are some significant sources of lead exposure: tap water, lead-based paint that was used before it was banned from housing in 1978, soil, household dust, lead crystal or lead-glazed pottery.