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QUESTION: Consequences entirely depend on the heavy metal content of the ingested water colour paint - 29 Jan 2007 BC, Canada

I have ingested a half a glass of water containing water color paint from my paint brush.  What are the possible consequences of this, and, what precautions can I take at this time to prevent damage to my liver and or kidneys?

ANSWER: 29 Jan 2007

Dear Gwen,

I could not hazard a guess as to the consequences, if any, of drinking half a glass of water coloured by water colour paint without knowing the heavy metal content of the paint and how much paint might have been in the glass. Was this an accident? Was there lead in the paint? Is that why you have emailed your question to the Global Lead Advice & Support Service (GLASS) - incorporating the (Lead Advisory Service Australia? If lead is listed on the packaging as one of the hazards in the particular coloured paint water that you drank, then the best next step would be to have a blood lead test - just ask your doctor.

Kind regards

Elizabeth O'Brien


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