A condition known as heavy metal poisoning (which is also known as metallosis) is caused by unwanted aggregation of heavy metals impeded on the soft tissues of the body. Heavy metals include mercury, lead, aluminum, antimony, arsenic, bismuth, cadmium, chromium, cobalt, copper, silver, zinc and tin. There are numerous sources of heavy metals in our environment. In industrial work, pharmaceutical manufacturing, and agriculture the presence of heavy metals are rampant which increases the likelihood of workers to come into contact with these substances. Even the soil we trod upon is ridden with different types of metals. Appliances, furniture and pharmaceutical products are usually made of some parts of heavy metals. Being knowledgeable about metallosis and the symptoms one should observes is very important.

Zinc, copper, chromium, iron and manganese, on the other hand, at tapered amount are essential for normal body functions but that does not mean that increasing the levels of the following heavy metals is safe. Lead, mercury, arsenic and cadmium are the common heavy metals which was implicated to cause accidental heavy metal poisoning among individuals. For people who frequently come in contact with heavy metals, such as those on factories dealing with products composed of heavy metals, there is a high risk for heavy metal toxicity.

Heavy metal toxicity is a serious condition that requires speedy medical interventions that is why if you observe you or someone you know to have any signs and symptoms of heavy metal poisoning, bring that person directly to the emergency department of the nearest hospital. Complications of heavy metal toxicity are shock, anemia and kidney failure. Blood tests, urine tests, hair and tissue analysis and x-ray are some of the diagnostic exams done to detect heavy metal toxicity. Chelation therapy is said to be the most effective medical intervention for heavy metal toxicity. Since heavy metals readily enter the body through food, water, air, absorption through the skin and in some cases, through hip replacement devices such as in metal-on-metal prostheses, prompt action must be done before irreparable damage to vital organs occur. In cases where complications from hip replacement surgery using faulty DePuy ASR hip products were experienced, there was an issuance of a hip replacement recall. You can search for more information in some sites related to this case.