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What kind of chemical poisoning can make your fingertips numb?

My boyfriend is a chemist and he works in a lab with a bunch of morons. They are constantly leaving out formaldehyde, acids, lead and such. He goes for metal testing throught the company doctor-- but nothing has turned up--but he admitted last night that his fingertips have been going numb (and he has been losing a lot of hair). what chemical can do that?

Asked By: twist - 12/4/2008
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A "company doctor" ??? hmmmmmmmmmmmmm... I'd have him see another Dr. As for the numbness.... Yes lead can cause that. The OSHA "action level" for adults is 40 micrograms of lead per deciliter of whole blood. (40 ug/dl... More
Answered By: o_r_y_g_u_n - 12/4/2008
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lead poisoning cause neuropathy and so numbness
Answered By: abossi - 12/4/2008
 
He should see a GP (i know how hard it is to get a man to see a Dr) it might not be related to chemical's. Numbness can be linked to a problem with the nervous system. Stress is also a common reason for your hair to fall out & can cause pins & needles in your fingers and toes.
Answered By: Evied - 12/4/2008
 
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