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2/23/2017 5:55:53 PM
Posted: 9/26/2001 9:34:09 PM EST
I have noticed ever since I was a kid, that shortly after I handle lead or copper, I begin to have a metallic taste in my mouth. Is it possible that the stuff is getting absorbed into the bloodstream through the skin in my hands? Is this bad?
Link Posted: 9/26/2001 9:39:05 PM EST
Stop sucking on your thumb Imbroglio!
Link Posted: 9/26/2001 9:44:33 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/26/2001 9:43:43 PM EST by mattja]
A metallic taste in the mouth is a symptom of lead poisoning, but it's also associated with lots of other things including certain vitamin deficiencies. Do a search on the web. We used to melt lead sinkers in a Coleman stove when we were kids and as far as I know I have no lasting, ah, lasting... effects.
Link Posted: 9/26/2001 9:46:11 PM EST
Yes it is absorbed. The copper is not bad, as a matter of fact some folks wear copper jewelry for this purpose. They are assuming that copper enters the bloodstream more efficiently through the skin than dietary copper suppplements which are absorbed in the intestine.
Link Posted: 9/26/2001 9:58:11 PM EST
Uh, I have only had a poontang deficiency all of my life, but I dunno if that would cause this. I don't think it is lead poisoning because I don't have the symptom of the blue line in my gums.
Link Posted: 9/26/2001 10:04:11 PM EST
Originally Posted By Imbroglio: I have noticed ever since I was a kid, that shortly after I handle lead or copper, I begin to have a metallic taste in my mouth. Is it possible that the stuff is getting absorbed into the bloodstream through the skin in my hands? Is this bad?
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Maybe that's the reason for your odd behavior.
Link Posted: 9/26/2001 11:13:39 PM EST
Funny. I used to have the same problem after I got done munching the paint peelings off my bedroom wall...
Link Posted: 9/27/2001 12:48:17 AM EST
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