The Symptoms of Lead Colic

The usual symptoms of lead-poisoning; skin dingy; teeth discolored; bad breath; metallic taste in the mouth; obstinate constipation.

The most successful treatment of lead-poisoning is that of a preventive character. Lead pipes or vessels should not be used for conveying or holding water. Workmen engaged in industries which expose them to the fumes of lead or to fine particles of lead in the air, should protect themselves by good ventilation, respirators, etc. Particular pains should be taken to prevent the entrance of the poisonous metal into the throat, or the food and drink. In cities where lead pipes are used, water should be allowed to run some time before using, in order to empty the pipes of the water standing in them. Tin vessels used for containing milk should be carefully tested before being used. Vessels lined with enamel should be tested before they are used for cooking purposes. Tin cans in which fruits arc put up should also be submitted to the test, as they are frequently made of the poorest kind of lead tin. The bowels and excretory organs should be kept open by water-drinking. Warm baths, especially the electrothermal bath, should be assiduously employed. It has been stated on good authority that in cases of lead-poisoning, lead has been found in the water in which the patient had taken the bath, the metal having been eliminated from the system by the aid of the galvanic current. Biliary colic and renal colic will be referred to in connection with diseases of the liver and kidneys.